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SDSU Students Finish Second in International Business Competition

SDSU Students Finish Second in International Business CompetitionApics AwardSan Diego State business students earned a second place finish in the undergraduate division of the 11th Annual APICS West Coast Student Case Competition held February 17 - 18 at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside.

It is the fifth time in seven years that SDSU students have earned either a first and/or second place finish at the competition in either the graduate or undergraduate division. In fact, SDSU is tied with Arizona State University for the most first or second place finishes in the competition since it commenced in 2007.

APICS, the premier professional organization for supply chains management and operations management professionals, stages the annual business case competition. This year, 17 teams from universities in the U.S, Hong Kong and Mexico attended the event.

Students are tasked with running a virtual organization – in this case a fictitious European orange juice manufacturer called The Fresh Connection - and must make business decisions using sophisticated simulation software. Each team is presented with a set of sales, purchasing, supply chain and operations challenges and they must provide resolutions based on the simulated results given to them. The teams are judged on the return-on-investment performance and on their presentation to a panel of judges.

The team members were coached by management information systems professors Dr. Helio Yang and Dr. Fred Raafat and lecturer, Christine Probett. These are the same three faculty members who have coached the SDSU student teams since 2011. These three coaches have led SDSU to the winningest record among all universities in the competition since that time.