OCU Students Finish 5th in Global Business Strategy Invitational

A team of three business students at Ohio Christian tied for 5th in the world in the 2009 Best-Strategy Invitational against some of the world's top university teams. The Best-Strategy Invitational is an international business strategy competition where only the best university teams in the world compete against each other in applying management planning and strategy to a nearly real life business simulation.

Each year, thousands of teams compete in the open competition, but only the best teams are invited to compete in the Best-Strategy Invitational. Dr. David Garrison, Chair of the OCU Business Department, received the special invitation in early April for OCU to enter a team to compete against best teams in the world because one of his business students, junior Scott Mazzaro, finished 3rd in the world during the spring semester.

This year's competition included 394 of the world's 1094 top university teams. The OCU team included team leader, Scott Mazzarro and fellow classmates Brittany Martin from Mansfield, Ohio and Jillian Weimer of Howe, IN. Scott was invited to be the team leader because of his 3rd place finish in the world during the open competition during the spring semester. In additional to Scott, Dr. Garrison said he selected Brittany and Jillian because of their significant academic achievements during the year.

As reported in the Circleville Herald, Scott Mazzarro, who finished tied for third in the open competition, declared that "It's awesome to represent OCU against so many bigger schools and finish so well. And, it's a great feeling for all of us to represent Ohio Christian University on such an immense stage."

"This is a first for an Ohio Christian University academic team," said Dr. Mark Smith, OCU president. "Under the leadership of Professor Garrison, our business programs are competing on a national, and now international stage."

"Scott, Brittany, and Jillian are three exceptional students who performed well above anyone's expectations including their own," said Dr. David Garrison. "These students could only have accomplished this feat because they developed a winning business strategy and then implemented it against unimaginably stiff competition."

This business strategy simulation is taken by thousands of university students across the globe every year as a means of demonstrating students' management competency.

Art Thompson and Greg Stappenbeck first introduced the Business Strategy Game (BSG) to universities in 1990. The BSG is believed by many to be the number one business simulation of its kind. Hundreds of thousands of students have competed in the BSG since its introduction. Dr. Garrison, who recently retired as a top executive for a Fortune 200 company before joining OCU, noted that, "the BSG is the chosen business simulation in universities and businesses alike because it is on the cutting edge of business."