In 1965, the first Intercollegiate Business Policy Game for the Western U.S. was hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno. What is now called the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition (ICBSC) is an intercollegiate competition between business schools in the U.S. and other countries. The competition is based on the Business Policy Game by David Fritzsche.
The annual contest today features approximately 20 teams, organized into multiple “worlds” with 5-6 teams competing against each other to be the top performing team for that world. For example, the 2006 competition included participants from across North America as well as Europe and the Middle East, with teams from California, Oregon, Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio, Arkansas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, London and Dubai.
Beginning in 2011, the contest is being hosted by CSU Long Beach. It was previously hosted by University of San Diego (2000-2010), San José State (1995-1999), UNLV (1993-1994) and originally by UNR (1965-1992). The sponsorship by CSULB and USD came from business school deans who learned about the ICBSC as SJSU faculty.
Teams from the College of Business at San José State University have successfully competed since 1982 in the ISBSC at both the undergraduate and MBA level. The Hall of Fame lists prior winning teams from SJSU.
Many of the college's winning teams were advised by Dr. Abdel El-Shaeib (1982-1984, 1996-2005) of the Department of Organization and Management, who has also been involved in organizing the competition and is currently on the panel of judges.
Other faculty advisors have included John Miller (1985-1991) and Dr. Stephen Achtenhagen (1992-1995), Dr Joel West (2006-2011). In 2012, Rich Okumoto and Simon Rodan jointly assumed the role of advisors to our college's teams.