Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Social Scientist
GRE 330, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Darden | Mr. Federal Consultant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.26
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Fin
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Leading Petty Officer
GRE (MCAT) 501, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
Columbia | Mr. NYC Native
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Tepper | Mr. Leadership Developement
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Over-Experienced
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 2.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Worldwide
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1

MBA Avatars To Compete In Contest

bizsim2MBA students, it’s time to get your avatars ready for competition.

The first-ever ‘Second Life’ global business simulation will debut in October with 32 MBA students from such schools as Wharton, London Business School and INSEAD.

The four-person MBA teams will compete for $50,000 in prize money in a 3-D virtual world in running a global automobile manufacturing company with the goal to boost  sales, improve profitability and maximize shareholder value by making quarterly inputs over 16-20 virtual quarters.  Members of each of the eight teams will be globally distributed and all from different schools.

The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, in collaboration with Rembisz & Associates, will run the competition on the new learning platform dubbed VirBELA. Students will rely on the technology to collaborate and compete, which includes avatars, a VoIP system, a text chat system, and 3D visuals of company assets.  For example, teams will be able to see their inventory for each of their product lines.

VirBELA won start-up funding from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) in an international competition to spur management education innovation.

“We are excited for the VirBELA launch and hope to be able to offer opportunities for many more students from various locations and universities to connect via VirBELA in the months following the inaugural competition,” said Alex Howland, co-founder and program manager of VirBELA, in a statement.

“Students will be able to interact within an amazing virtual environment, which provides all kinds of new ways to break down cultural barriers, re-imagine collaboration, and provide faculty ways to deliver coursework and grade results,” said Allen Brandt, director of GMAC’s Management Education for Tomorrow (MET) Fund. ”VirBELA is precisely the sort of innovation that GMAC and the MET Fund seek to support in our effort to move management education forward by giving back.”

While the competition will challenge students’ business knowledge, instruction will focus more on team processes rather than “hard skills,” according to the organizers of the virtual contest.  It will be expected that participants enter the competition with knowledge regarding strategy, reading a balance sheet, the basics of supply chain management, etc., but not all competitors will have had prior experience working on a global team.  Each team will be provided with a professional facilitator who will observe team behavior in real time and lead various debrief sessions throughout the competition.  The facilitator will work with teams around decision making processes, conflict management, and to identify some of the benefits and challenges of working on a virtual multi-cultural team.

“VirBELA provides an opportunity for students to learn about the benefits and challenges of leading distributed multinational teams in a low risk, fun atmosphere.  By participating, students will be provided with just-in-time learning, have their performance observed and gain valuable insights with personal coaching,” said Robert Sullivan, dean of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego.

Already, the competition has attracted applicants from some of the world’s top business schools, including the London Business School, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, INSEAD, the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, Nanyang Business School in Singapore, the Wharton School of Management and IPADE, as well as the Rady School of Management.

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.