Strategy and Business Policy

The Strategy and Business Policy simulation places a heavy emphasis on formal strategic planning. What differentiates it from other business strategy simulations is that the strategic planning process is built into the software. Your students work within a strategic planning template, which is interwoven with the tactical decisions made throughout the simulation. The strategic planning template follows the OST (objective-strategy-tactics) format to ensure that your students
explicitly perform strategic analysis, strategy specification, tactical execution, and real-time control. This helps you to cultivate the OST mental discipline within each student. Since the strategic planning template is used in every decision round during the business simulation exercise, your students get to see how their plans build from one quarter to the next. This cyclic process helps them retain both the concepts and the methods of strategic planning.

Content

Your students will work within a multifunctional business setting where they start up and manage a new venture. They will be responsible for managing all of their business’ functional areas such as:

  • marketing
  • sales and distribution
  • human resource management
  • manufacturing
  • accounting and finance
  • strategic planning

Storyline

Your students are provided with the seed capital to start up their business. They will be a totally integrated company that does it all from marketing to production to human resource management. They will have limited financial resources and complete accounting responsibility. They will build a factory, open sales offices and launch a web site, design brands and advertising campaigns. They will hire sales people and decide on the compensation packages, deal with demand projections and a simple production scheduling process. After several quarters in business, your students’ firms will be able to receive additional funding from the Venture Capitalists. They will invest this money in new R&D, bring out improved products, expand their distribution and production capacity in order to maximize their performance.

Target courses

Capstone course in business or a course with a heavy strategy component.

Time frame

6 rounds – with each round taking 2 to 2½ hours per student.

Grading

Grading is based on the balanced scorecard that measures profitability, customer satisfaction, market share in the targeted market segments, human resource management, asset management, financial risk, preparedness for the future and wealth.


Play options

Your students can compete against their peers or against computer-generated competitors.

The "play against computer" option allows everyone to work at his or her own pace and there is no need to coordinate the progress of all of the students.

Languages

English - “Play against computer” version

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