Change is in the air and Chinese businesses must respond to it. Yet, according to Albert A. Angehrn, INSEAD Professor of Information Technology and Director of the Center for Advanced Learning Technologies, the sad truth is that the vast majority of change projects in organizations fail, some miserably.
While there’s no lack of knowledge as to how to address change initiatives, Angehrn says we have not been successful in translating that knowledge into practice. That is moving from the comfortable area of ‘knowing’ to one of actually ‘doing.’
Enter the LingHe Simulation, a computer-based interactive multimedia simulation that models the dynamics of organizational change in a typical Chinese business environment. Its purpose: to simulate real-life scenarios faced by Chinese and foreign managers who want, or need, to implement organizational change.
Think of it as War of the Worlds with business inserted. Which is, of course, nonsense. It is much more serious, if less entertaining, than that splendid game.
LingHe Simulation is modeled after the Executive Information System (EIS) Simulation, which has already been used extensively as a learning tool in MBA and corporate management training programs in Western organizations, LingHe is unique in that it is tailor-made for the China market.
While the overall evaluation of the LingHe Simulation among groups of Chinese managers has consistently showed positive feedback regarding its realism, Angehrn says more substantive testing is required.
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Source: Insead Knowledge