Written on 05 December 2014.
The simulation exercise pitted student teams against one another and gave 775 students the chance to use classroom knowledge to solve management problems. The creators of the simulation, CAPSIM, say that the exercise helps students to “bridge the gap” between the classroom and the coveted corner office.
They spent three days huddled together in teams, pouring over data, and debating various strategies and proposals. At the end of each round of the simulation, the groups met with coaches who discussed pitfalls and ethics. There were also opportunities for students to evaluate their teammates in terms of overall effectiveness. Students said the exercise was illuminating and educational, but also fun.
“Capstone is an interesting experience because it’s the first time we see how what we’re learning in class can be applied to real business scenarios,” said EDHEC student Antoine Castets. “We are learning how businesses work and how all the parts of the business organisation – marketing, finance, auditing, etc. – work in sync.”
EDHEC Management Professor Christine Coisne said that 2014 edition was one of the most memorable Capstone experiences yet: “Students demonstrated the highest level of performance ever”.