The award ceremony of the “Bank of China Trophy" Global Management Challenge 2022 Macao Regional Final, organized by the Macau Management Association, was held on March 3rd in the Grand Ballroom of the StarWorld Hotel. After five months of intense competition, three teams from the Macau University of Science and Technology (M.U.S.T.), namely “LovelyCat”, “Gabby”, and “aduidui Team”, won the champion, the first runner-up, and the second runner-up, respectively. The champion team will represent Macao in the International Finals held in Angola this November, competing with teams from all over the world for the World Championship.
The winners of the champion, 1st runner-up, and 2nd runner-up with the Dean of School of Business (third from the right in the front row)
There were 167 teams in this year's GMC Macao, with a wide range of talents from university and college students to business elites. After the fierce competition in the preliminary and final rounds, the top eight teams were selected and entered the final. The Macao final adopts the same rules as the international finals, where the teams are required to achieve the best operational performance in the same business environment. The contestants are expected to quickly analyze the competition history, combine their expertise with on-site modeling, and develop strategies for marketing, production lines, human resource management, procurement, and financial decisions.
The champion team, "LovelyCat", consists of three students from the School of Business (MSB) and one student from the School of Liberal Arts (SLA) of M.U.S.T. The three students from MSB are Tianyi Guo (a postgraduate majoring in supply chain management), Zijian Cao, and Wenjun Chen (two undergraduates majoring in supply chain management), while the student from SLA is Yintong Zhang. The team leader Tianyi Guo said that the biggest gain from participating in this competition was to apply what they learned in school to practice. During the competition, they constantly revised and improved their strategy according to the decisions of their opponents. It was not only a test of professional knowledge, but also a test of market judgment skills, spontaneous response, and teamwork ability.
Group photo of the Champion team “LovelyCat”
The first runner-up team, "Gabby", consists of five students from MSB, four of which are postgraduates majoring in finance (Junlong Zhu, Dedong Wen, Yanlin Chen, and Xiaoxiao Zhang), and one is a postgraduate majoring in charity and philanthropy management (Yu Lai). The team leader, Junlong Zhu, said that this competition not only tested each team's potential to manage and operate the company but also required game strategies. Their team tried to expand production by borrowing funds in the early stage, winning market share through small profits and quick sales in the medium stage, and increasing the price-to-book ratio and net assets in the last phase. This strategy made their company stand out among the competitors.
Group photo of the 1st runner-up team “Gabby”
The second runner-up team, "aduidui Team", consists of four students from MSB and one student from the City University of Macau. The four students include three undergraduates majoring in business administration (Chenlu Huang, Yiheng Chen, and Jie Luo) and one postgraduate majoring in supply chain management (Zonghao Chen). The team members said that during the competition, they not only got training on how to inspect the market conditions at an aggregate level but also learned the application of professional knowledge and the power of teamwork.
Group photo of the 2nd runner-up team “aduidui Team”
The 6th and the 8th winning teams, "Infinity" and "MUSTACE", are also from MSB. The team members said that although they failed to win first place in this competition, they gained new knowledge, broadened their professional horizons, and won practical experience.
A group photo of the 6th team “Infinity”
A group photo of the 8th team “MUSTACE”
The Global Management Challenge is a simulated enterprise management competition across five continents with the official certification of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). It has a history of more than 20 years. The competition simulates the cooperation and external competition between different departments of the company. Participants can learn how to manage and operate a listed company from this virtual business environment, and effectively master the overall operation mode of the enterprise. Through the competition, contestants are expected to improve their understanding of enterprise management. The participating teams need to make flexible decisions according to the changing market situation with the application of knowledge in finance, management, and operation.