BNG already available for people from the world of work
Representatives of three universities (Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences, Business and Design; the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Management and Economics and the University of Economics in Prague, Faculty of Informatics and Statistics, Department of Information Technology) met with the management of three companies (Controller Institut, CAFIN and INEKON SYSTEMS) on board a floating restaurant in the centre of Prague. There, they discussed future steps to be taken in the development of the BUSINESS NAVIGATION GAME (BNS-LUDUS) and its use in the education of university students and professionals in the field of business.
“We had a lively discussion about how education through play in the form of the Business Navigation Game (BNG) for students at university is similar to the training of experts from the world of work. Despite having found a lot of things in common, the biggest difference lies in the fact that students have a whole semester at their disposal, whereas training takes place over the course of one or at most two days. Courses which are supplemented to include the game have to be adapted to this in order to be instructive and entertaining,” said Ing. Jan Hušek, CEO of INEKON SYSTEMS.
According to Hušek, the important thing is to ensure that it is possible to try out the experience gained from the game in practice, for example during the next round of planning or simulation of alternative scenarios with an impact on the company’s results. It is precisely thanks to the BNG that course participants become aware of several issues which they have not yet tested within the framework of their actual processes and, after the game, it was suddenly obvious to them that these issues should be addressed within the framework of the business plan. “In particular, when they see in the game the immediate impact of their own decisions on the profitability of the company, which they are using to compete against other participants,” says Hušek, and adds: “I am certain that these discussions really will contribute towards making BNG an excellent experience for the students who are already taking part in it for the first time this semester at the Czech Technical University in Prague and also next year at the university in Wismar, but also for the professionals from the world of work who will already be able to register for the BNG course in CAFIN next year. Our experience from Slovakia, where BNG (BNS-LUDUS) has already been used at the university in Zvolen for several years, is a great help to us.”