Building a management educational simulation for entrepreneurs: simulating new B2B high tech ventures / Criação de um simulador educacional para empreendedores: simulando novos negócios B2B de base tecnológica




Entrepreneurship is recognized as the economic engine of a society (SCHUMPETER, 1985). This study focus on the development of a multifunctional management simulation for entrepreneurs, improving current models identified in literature, targeting conceptual validation as key element of the proposed model. Multifunctional means including decisions of diverse areas of Business Administration. There are two aimed improvements: 1) including Organizational Life Cycle (OLC) as key concept behind the proposed model and 2) modeling new decisions not covered by the following academic simulators, TEG The Entrepreneurship Game (LOW et al, 1994) and DEAL Executive Deal Making (THAVIKULWAT, 1995). Conceptual validation means explain logic behind selection of decisions, alternatives and organizational characteristics, based on extensive literature review and based on interviews with real companies. Decisions, alternatives and organizational characteristics of OLC Creation stage and Growth stage were defined based on 15 OLC studies and based on literature of each group of decisions modeled (research and development; price; marketing communication; sales and distribution management; intellectual property; operations; and HR management). A new high tech business was chosen as a case to be modeled. First versions of mathematical models of Creation and Growth stages were refined through 1) tests with undergraduate and graduate students of FEA/USP and UFF-Volta Redonda; and 2) interviews with 6 (six) high tech entrepreneurs at CIETEC, incubation center at USP. A relevant characteristic of the resulting model is the management complexity growth through transition from Creation stage to Growth stage of the business. Three supporting materials were created and refined during this research: studentsmanual; decision template; and management and accounting reports. Each material has two versions, one for each stage of OLC modeled. There are three major contributions for experiential learning in Entrepreneurship and Management, all of them not available in TEG and DEAL: 1) conceptual validation of the model; 2) introduction of Organizational Life Cycle as key concept of the simulation; and 3) modeling of new decisions relevant on entrepreneurship context. Next steps include diverse applications of the management simulation developed in this study and also development of new models focusing on conceptual validation.


educação empreendedora management simulation empreendedorismo entrepreneurship laboratório de empresas simulação educacional entrepreneurship education jogos de empresas business games

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