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Roxanne Jacoby

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Li Chen

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Allen Irwin

Simulation Overview

1. OVERVIEW:

The Global Technology Management Simulation Project (GlobeTech-6, Fall 2000) is a Curriculum Innovation and Development (CID) tool developed at Cooper Union under the auspices of the Gateway Engineering Education Coalition.

The subject for the Fall 2000 Simulation is: "Alternative Energy Source Joint-Venture Projects in Cinda, France, and India".

GlobeTech is conceived as a major component of an undergraduate interdisciplinary engineering course of Global Technology Management such as Nerken's EID-372. However, participation in a Global Technology Management course is not necessary. Since the simulation deals with issues such as: use of alternative energy sources, sustainable development, aspects of air pollution control, global competitiveness strategies, international negotiations, technology transfer, operations' optimization, etc., it could be offered in conjunction with many environmental, economics or engineering management courses.

This project aims to familiarize the engineering students with the real and very complex political, economic, social, and technical issues influencing global technology decisions, thus better preparing them for a furture of increased globalization and concern for sustainable development.

2. GLOBETECH'S MAIN BENEFITS:

  • Develops cross-cultural awareness skills among the students, who might portray, in the simulation, United States or foreign decision makers such as private company managers or government representatives.
  • Emphasizes the cross-disciplinary nature of global technology management through the technical, economic, political, and social background research students undertake to prepare for the simulation.
  • Disseminates new learning methods based on the use of modern information technology to all participants.
  • Develops students' leadership, team work, and international negotiating skills through the interactive simulation process.
  • Opens the door towards greater domestic and international collaboration in engineering education through direct faculty and student contact with the colleges participating in this project.

3. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT:

Two main areas are developed for each simulation:

  1. Simulation Structure and Content
  2. Computer Software Infrastructure to Support the Simulation

Lets discuss in some detail each of these two areas...

  1. Simulation Structure and Content:

    For the 2000 Simulation, the following main simulation parts will be developed:

    1. The Simulation Background Information:
      Contains environmental and technical background information on the chosen topic, countries, and companies. This information will be available on the project's WWW site for all the participating teams prior to September 15, 2000. The background information will constitute the basis for each team's detailed research and analysis in their area of responsibility,
    2. The Simulation Scenario and Schedule:
      Contains proposed simulation activities and schedules,
    3. The Simulation Questions, News Bulletins, Discussion Topics, etc.:
      For 2000 will be developed together with the various faculty team leaders (FTLs) as the simulation progresses,
    4. Faculty Information:
      Provides the faculty team with detailed simulation management information,
    5. The structure for the two "on-line" conferences will be developed together with the various FTLs prior to conference dates.
    6. Student and Faculty Feedback Forms:
      A very important part of the simulation, these feedback forms should be completed at the end of the simulation to give the project development team some idea of the satisfaction of the participants with this project, and suggested improvements for future projects.

    The simulation process will consist of:

    • Writing the Request For Proposals (RFP's) and Responding Proposals for the chosen projects as per the scenario and schedule of the simulation,
    • Weekly communications/negotiations via computer (e-mail, chat room, etc.) among the various teams and faculty leaders,
    • At least two "on-line" conferences or tele-conference sessions in which all the student teams should participate,
    • Contracts awards,
    • Teams' debriefing / feedback,
    • Simulation conclusions

    The above activities will be monitored by a Simulation Lead Team (SLT) of three of four faculty members from among the participants, with the help of all the other participating faculty.

    Note: Close faculty communications during the simulation preparation and actual run are essential and key for the success of this project, so we heartily encourage all faculty to actively participate.

  2. Computer Software Infrastructure to Support the Simulation
  3. This is a computer simulation which will take place via the Internet. The following main features will be available:

    1. GlobeTech-6 computer homepage and communication links,
    2. Faculty and students e-mail addresses,
    3. Capability for "on-line" conferences via IRC or teleconference, using 2 or 3 computer simultaneously at each location

4. CONCLUSION:

The GlobeTech-6 Simulation will build on the strengths and experience of the previous five simulations and will represent a valuable learning tool for all participating faculty and students. The more participants, the more interesting the simulation will become. We should appreciate to know as soon as possible if your school is interesting to participate with a student team. For further information, we can be reached at: jacoby@cooper.edu.