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Baylor University Student Teams Get the Gold in Global Supply Management Competition

Dec. 9, 2010

By Becca Broaddus

Two Baylor University student teams competed and won in the 2010 LINKS Global Supply Chain Management Competition held online in October and November. The Baylor teams competed against 36 other teams consisting of 151 participants from universities across the globe during the eight-round online simulation competition.

The teams were recognized as gold medalists in the competition.

"In the beginning, the students were more interested in comparing ourselves to other universities (and beating them). I told them that it is much more than that; it's about the experience of making difficult decisions in a more diverse environment," Associate Professor of Operations Management and Director of Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management Pedro Reyes said.

The teams, from Dr. Reyes' Global Supply Chain Management class, consisted of seniors, most of which are Distribution Management and Technology majors. The students are: Katie Buss, Charles Davidson, Kelsey Holmes, Nate Landreth, Andres Mendoza, Tim Neibel, Jose Valencia and Natalie Woodham.

The LINKS Supply Chain Management Simulation uses major supply chain elements including suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and end-users for a more accurate SCM experience. The student firms are responsible for managing procurement, manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, transportation, customer service and forecasting during the simulation.

"The students win because they get to experience the trade-offs in decision making in a more complex environment, and they walk away learning that decisions are auto correlated and cannot be made in a vacuum," Reyes said.

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