MBA 2427 Business Simulation and Global Governance

MBA 2427 Business Simulation and Global Governance

Course code: 
MBA 2427
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Heidi Wiig
Kim van Oorschot
Course name in Norwegian: 
Business Simulation and Global Governance
Product category: 
MBA China
2022 Autumn
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Level of study: 
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Course type: 
One semester

The core of this module is a business simulation a management game.
First, it allows students to be a Global CEO for a day and to make decisions accordingly, to evaluate the results of their decisions, and to make new decisions, etc. Students can practice what they have learned during their Master in the lifelike, but safe and fast environment of the game.

Second, the theoretical framework for the module rests on the themes: Global management, corporate governance, exploration and exploitation. 

Third, it is a practical way to introduce large groups of Chinese students to the Norwegian business life. The case to be simulated is a company operating cross-nationally in China, Germany, and Norway.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

In this module, the students will learn how decisions in organizations have different short- and long-term consequences. They will learn why forecasting and systemic understanding is important for planning and the anticipation of future events and results. They will also learn to integrate concepts from corporate governance and global management, understanding how different organizational stakeholders and global perspectives on a company create complex and sometimes conflicting interests when making and carrying out decisions. Finally, they will learn about simulation as a way of training management in businesses so that they can later use these methods themselves.


Learning outcomes - Skills

The purpose of this module is to give the students a practical approach to how issues such as control, learning, copying, innovation and outcomes develop over time. They will learn how to combine knowledge from all the modules in the program to understand how they mutually interact and creating systemic effects across time (20 years of business operations) and space (different geographical locations). The students will acquire skills to analyze and discuss how a long-term perspective and a global environment affect the development of business plans and performance. They will also acquire deeper understanding of how what directors will look for and need to know when initiating business operations.

General Competence

The simulation, cases and lectures in the course will learn students to think in terms of exploitation and exploration, and approaches to learning from variation and copying.

Global management in this setting means reflecting on how business strategies may work when embedded in different national and cultural contexts. What needs to be controlled, what can be localized, and what can be adapted?

Corporate governance is about asking questions such as:
How do we make sure that a corporation adds the maximum value to society? How do we minimize the corporations ability to externalize the costs on to others? When then performance data show that the corporation is not meeting our goals, what is the best way to make the necessary changes and who is responsible for making that happen?

The students will have the possibility to see long-term effects of decisions in a complex system, and discuss with the other group members how these decisions can be understood. The students will be able to learn how one company can be experienced very differently according to the localized viewpoint of the organizational members. The outcome of the course is increased ability to be accountable for organizational performance in a global, long-term scenario.

Course content

1 day of computer simulations and discussions. 2 days of classroom lectures, visits and group discussions 

The students will be introduced to central theoretical concepts covering the theme of the course, and the simulation method. They will run the simulation in groups, take notes and discuss.Further, the students will use the simulation results and experiences to formulate a strategy for a company/firm in which address market objectives, internationalization, and resource utilization are described, using as much of the previous course modules insights and tools as possible. In addition, there will be used cases/podcasts/visits to discuss central topics related to the overall theme of the course. 

2 of the teaching hours in this course are dedicated to CSR, ethics, social and environmental issues.

Teaching and learning activities

The students are first taught about simulations and this type of learning process. They will then go through a simulation representing the first 16 years of business. This period is characterized by challenges such as knowledge sharing, management, and cultural issues. They then move on to the scenario for the next 10 or 20 years, where the ability to make all their previously knowledge applicable becomes important. When the simulation period is completed, they will have some time to discuss. Thereafter, there is a day of lectures on global management and governance. The students will thereafter work in mixed groups to finish a learning assignment. 

Pre-course reading, participation in the simulation, group work.

This is a computer-based simulation where all participants are divided into groups. The students will perform the simulations on their own computers in groups.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component will be graded using points on a scale  0 -100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the course. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam components will get a lower grade or may fail the course. Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments.

Specific information regarding the points system and the mapping scale beyond the information given in the course description will be provided in class. This information may be relevant for requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several elements of the overall evaluation.

The course is a part of a full MBA and examination in all courses in the MBA programme must be passed in order to obtain a certificate for the MBA degree.

In all BI Executive courses and programmes, there is a mutual requirement  
for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Granted admission to the BI-Fudan MBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Presentation and discussion
Group (2 - 8)
Group task to be submitted as group poster presentation at the end of the module, counting 40% of the total grade.
Exam code: 
MBA 24272
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
1 Week(s)
An individual reflection note, counting 60% of the total grade.
Exam code: 
MBA 24272
Grading scale: 
Point scale leading to ECTS letter grade
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
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Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 4 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 110 hours.