Business Professor Robert Girling has been committed to teaching his business students through real-world experience. One way he has been able to accomplish this is through the continued use of a computer program called CAPSIM, an online computer based simulation that challenges students to run a $100 million company. His success in the classroom earned him recognition this past January by Management Solutions Inc. (MSI) as Featured Professor of the Month.
After nearly twenty years using this computer-based simulation, both Girling and his students are still finding that CAPSIM is a powerful learning tool for business acumen.
Each week students meet in their company team to make between 100 and 125 business decisions. The decisions cover virtually every aspect of running a business from financing operations to setting prices.
Girling said, "it challenges them to put into practice, not write just about, all that they have learned in their entire college career." Each week they practice applying management skills and building strategies in which students learn. Moreover, each team sees the results of their decisions in comparison with 2000 teams from universities around the world.