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Change Management Simulation: Power and Influence
In this single-player simulation, students play the role of an internal change agent at Spectrum Sunglass Company. They must implement an enterprise-wide environmental sustainability initiative that will transform the Spectrum organization and the products it manufactures. To simulate the effect of power and influence on change management, students play the simulation as a middle manager or a CEO and face a low-urgency or a high-urgency change situation. In all scenarios, they must convince a critical mass of key Spectrum employees to adopt the initiative and the resulting changes.
The Prepare tab features 2 screens: “How to Play” and “Scenario introduction”. The How to Play screen features a How to Play video and downloadable guide for students. The Foreground Reading will provide an overview of Spectrum’s products and business history.
To provide students with a hands-on, interactive experience designed to demonstrate that ehre is no simple, straightforward formula for leading change. Learning objectives include:
- Practising diagnostic and action-planning skills with regard to leading organization-wide strategic change.
- Gaining insight into why individuals and groups might resist change and how to overcome that resistance, including using social network information to develop a change implementation strategy.
- Developing an appreciation for key contextual contingencies when implementing change.
- Forming a better understanding of not only how to choose appropriate change strategies and tactics but also how to sequence them, given key contextual contingencies,
- Identifying common missteps of change agents and how to avoid them.
In these discussions, students will be expected to provide a thoughtful reflection about their experience and progress in the simulation. This may include (but not limited to) an assessment of their competence, or lack thereof, in handling a particular incident. Students may want to describe a specific learning outcome and/or a particular skill they need to work on and how they intend to tackle it – use examples to make your point.
Paper requirements: You will submit papers to the discussion board. Late papers will lose a letter grade (10%) for each day late. Papers should include:
- Post 2-3 paragraphs: Proofread papers before posting to the discussion board
- Use class Terminology: Demonstrate familiarity with class/text terms. Provide enough definition or context to show you are aware of its meaning.
- Use examples to make your point. Students must use a minimum of 1 example from course materials or outside of class to support their argument. For example, students might compare and contrast a business with which they are familiar to the one from the assigned simulation. Or they might use sources from the textbook and class lectures. Think creatively. Think analytically.