THE ALBERT NERKEN SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

AT THE COOPER UNION

AND

THE GATEWAY COALITION

OUTLINE FOR:

"GLOBETECH"

THE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT SIMULATION PROJECT

FALL 1995

PROFESSOR ROXANNE JACOBY

AUGUST 1995

1.0 OVERVIEW

THE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY SIMULATION PROJECT (GLOBETECH) IS A CURRICULUM INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT (CID) TOOL UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE GATEWAY ENGINEERING EDUCATION COALITION. ITS SUBJECT: "THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY OF CHINA, INDIA, AND SOUTHEAST ASIA - C OMPETITIVE AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT ISSUES".

THIS PROJECT STEMS FROM THE VERY POSITIVE "HANDS-ON" EXPERIENCE GAINED BY THE EID-372 (GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT COURSE) STUDENTS AND THIS PROFESSOR IN THE FALL 1994 SEMESTER, WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE "ICONS" (INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICA TION AND NEGOTIATION SIMULATIONS) PROJECT.

A COMPUTER AIDED SIMULATION HEADED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK, AND FUNDED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S FUND FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION (FIPSE), THE ICONS PROJECT AIMS TO DEVELOP STUDENT'S GREATER AWARENESS TO CURRENT MAJOR FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES, ALTERNATIVE POLICY OPTIONS, AND THE LINKAGES AMONG ISSUES CONFRONTING NATIONS.

IN A SIMILAR FASHION, GLOBETECH IS CONCEIVED AS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF AN UNDERGRADUATE INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING COURSE OF GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT SUCH AS EID-372. HOWEVER, PARTICIPATION IN A GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT COURSE IS NOT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. SINCE THE SIMULATION DEALS WITH ISSUES SUCH AS: TRENDS AND WAYS TO ECONOMIC GROWTH IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD, GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS STRATEGIES, INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, OPERATIONS' OPTIMIZATION, ETC., IT COULD BE OF FERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER ECONOMICS OR ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT COURSES.

THIS PROJECT WILL 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 FUTURE OF INCREASED GLOBALIZATION.

2. SIMULATION SCHEDULE

THE SIMULATION IS PROPOSED TO START ON OCTOBER 23, 1995 AND FINISH ON DECEMBER 1, 1995. BESIDES THE WEEKLY COMPUTER INTERFACE BETWEEN THE PARTICIPATING STUDENT TEAMS, THE SIMULATION WILL ALSO INCLUDE TWO SATURDAY "ON-LINE" CONFERENCES (10 A.M. -12:30 P.M .) ON THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED DATES: NOVEMBER 11 AND 18, 1995.

3.GLOBETECH FEATURES

4. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

TWO MAIN AREAS WERE DEVELOPED AS FOLLOWS:

A. SIMULATION STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

B. COMPUTER SOFTWARE INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT THE SIMULATION

LETS DISCUSS IN SOME DETAIL EACH OF THESE TWO ASPECTS:

A. SIMULATION STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

THE FOLLOWING MAIN SIMULATION PARTS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED IN DETAIL:

  1. THE SIMULATION BACKGROUND INFORMATION: CONTAINS POLITICAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND TECHNICAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE CHOSEN TOPIC, COUNTRIES, AND COMPANIES. THIS INFORMATION IS TO BE GIVEN TO ALL THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS PRIOR TO THE BEGINN ING OF THE SIMULATION, TO BE THE BASIS FOR DETAILED RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS IN THEIR AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY,
  2. THE SIMULATION SCENARIO. CONTAINS PROPOSED ACTIVITIES AND SCHEDULES.
  3. THE SIMULATION QUESTIONS, NEWS BULLETINS, DISCUSSION TOPICS, ETC., WILL BE DEVELOPED TOGETHER WITH THE VARIOUS FACULTY TEAM LEADERS (FTLs) PRIOR TO SIMULATION START DATE.
  4. THE STRUCTURE FOR THE TWO "ON-LINE" CONFERENCES. WILL BE DEVELOPED TOGETHER WITH THE VARIOUS FTLs PRIOR TO CONFERENCES' DATES.
  5. FACULTY INFORMATION; FEEDBACK INFORMATION AND QUESTIONNAIRES. PROVIDES FTLS WITH DETAILED SIMULATION MANAGEMENT INFORMATION.
  6. THE GATEWAY REPORT CONTAINING SIMULATION RESULTS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE IMPROVEMENT. WILL BE PREPARED BASED ON THE SIMULATION RESULTS IN THE SPRING '96 SEMESTER.

THE SIMULATION PROCESS WILL CONSIST OF:

THE ABOVE ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE MONITORED BY A SIMULATION LEAD TEAM (SILT) OF THREE OR FOUR FACULTY MEMBERS FROM AMONG THE PARTICIPANTS, WITH THE HELP OF ALL THE OTHER PARTICIPATING FACULTY.

CLOSE COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERFACE OF THE FACULTY FROM ALL THE PARTICIPATING GATEWAY MEMBERS AND FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES, DURING THE SIMULATION PREPARATION AND ACTUAL RUN ARE ESSENTIAL FOR THE SUCCESS OF THIS PROJECT.

B. COMPUTER SOFTWARE INFRASTRUCTURE

THE FOLLOWING MAIN FEATURES ARE ADDRESSED:

  1. GLOBETECH COMPUTER ACCESS ADDRESS AND COMMUNICATION LINKS
  2. SEPARATE FACULTY AND STUDENTS FILES. BOTH WITH THEIR OWN SECURITY PROVISIONS, AND MESSAGE RECEIVE/WRITE/EDIT/SEND/STORE/PRINT, ETC.
  3. CAPABILITY FOR "ON-LINE" CONFERENCES, USING 2 OR 3 COMPUTERS SIMULTANEOUSLY AT EACH LOCATION. AGAIN, CAPABILITY TO RECEIVE/WRITE/ EDIT/ SEND/ STORE/ PRINT MESSAGES.

NOTE: DETAILED COMPUTER INSTUCTIONS WILL BE ISSUED BY SEPTEMBER 15,1995.

THIS SIMULATION WILL REPRESENT A VALUABLE LEARNING TOOL FOR BOTH GATEWAY FACULTY AND STUDENTS. OUR COALITION WILL BECOME A LEADER IN THIS NEW LEARNING FIELD. I LOOK FORWARD TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF THIS PROJECT, BASED ON CLOSE TEAM WORK OF ALL PARTI CIPANTS.