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Supply Chain Game Competition

March 23, 2018
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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The ISM-Greater Boston/UMass-Boston  Supply Chain Online Game Competition

This competition is organized by the Institute of the Supply Management-Greater Boston (ISMGB) and the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The competition aims at students in the fields of business, industrial engineering, and related majors. There is a small registration fee of $20 per student team to assure participation in the game.

The students receive general information about the competition set-up prior to their registration. The detailed information about the game parameters are provided to the registered teams 2 hours before to the game start so that the teams can analyze the game and decide about their strategies.

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$20.00 Fee/Team for Playing the Online Game. The person registering will do so as a Guest, regardless of whether she/he is a Member or not. Note: Only one team member registers; put the name(s) and email address(s) of other team members in the box titled, Special Instructions & Comments on the first registration page.

The 2nd Annual Northeast Supply Chain Online Competition

Pharmaceutical Operations Game

March 23,2018 – 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Business Simulation Games

Business Simulation games are learning tools that are used to let students test their abilities in implementing their classical training and theoretical knowledge in a competitive virtual environment that mimics many aspects of the reality of the business world. The challenges of the real world are almost always more complicated and time-restricted than what students face in their classes.

CBOSS[1] is an online simulation platform that can model a wide range of scenarios in Operations Management. These scenarios can include operations in Service Industry, Supply Chains, Manufacturing, Retail Industry, and so on.

Pharmaceutical Operations - the Game

The “Pharmaceutical Operations Game” is a business game based on the CBOSS platform. In this game students form teams and compete against each other in managing the operations of a Drug manufacturer. Each team has to manage different aspects of the operations of the production line for the predefined length of time (simulated time) for two different drugs with two different demand patterns. This time happens in around three hours of real time for each team. Different teams compete against each other in managing their (exactly similar) production line at the same time. The team with the highest available capital at the end of the game is the winner of the competition. At any time during the game, teams can observe each other’s (capital) rankings, which inspires and intensifies the competition between teams.

During the game, teams have to decide about:

  1.       Procurement of raw materials for each of the two drugs
  2.       The inventory policy of the row materials
  3.       Capacities of production and quality control stations
  4.       Overtime policy at each station
  5.       The Inventory policy of the finished goods for each of the two products

Supply Chain Game - the Online Competition

This competition (based on “Pharmaceutical Competition Game”) is organized by the Institute of the Supply Management (ISM), Greater Boston and the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  All the students who are currently enrolled in a university located in the New-England States can participate in this competition. The competition aims students in the fields of business, industrial engineering, and related majors. The students can register for the competition in teams of three. The registration fee for each team is $20.

The students receive general information about the competition setup prior to their registration. The detailed information about the game parameters are provided to the registered teams 6 hours before to the game starts, so that the teams can analyze the game and decide about their strategies.

The three teams with the best performance in the competition will receive cash prizes which are provided by Parker-Hannifin: first team $350, second team $250, and third team $150. And their schools will receive a trophy.

[1]Competitive Business Operations Simulation System

Tickets

$20.00 Team Registration