The Cool Connection is an innovative web-based business simulation game. It engages participants in making strategic decisions in the management of a manufacturing company of personal care products. Working in teams of four, participants will represent the functional roles of sales, purchasing, supply chain management, and finance. They will be confronted with various real-life dilemmas.
This business simulation game is the core of three learning solutions: Working Capital Management, Integrated Business Planning, and Supply Chain Finance.
“Working alongside the corporates provided a perfect platform for sharing expertise…and also to appreciate the finer details of of those aspects of decision making that we didn't truly understand about each other's daily roles and responsibilities! Great tool for building these critical bridges.”Standard Bank
“The business simulation game is highly interactive and realistic. Great training tool!”DHL
The Cool Connection is a versatile learning experience that can be adapted to meet the learning objectives required by higher education institutions and companies.
Participants get to run their own virtual company called The Cool Connection, a manufacturer of personal care products. Faced with declining performance, the management team must get the company back on track. Your challenges can be to manage its working capital efficiently and effectively or to set up a cross functional IBP process. It’s a high-pressure environment in which effective value chain management is the key to success!
Defining the marketing strategies and the negotiation with a range of different types of customers. The negotiations include the service levels as well as INCO Terms.
Responsible for production and warehousing. Can optimize both production process and working capital.
Defines the purchasing strategies and the selection of and the negotiation with suppliers from various regions. The negotiations include the service reliability but also INCO and payment terms.
Responsible for cash management and financing and negotiates with both banks and credit insurers. Allocates collateral and the level of credit limits for customers.
The Cool Connection’s simulation software has been designed to be easy to use for anyone, on any platform from PC to tablet. There is no need to read a hefty manual before starting, because all help information is integrated in the game-screens and can be read on a need to know basis.
The Cool Connection can be easily tailored to match your learning objectives.
Tailored to perfectly fit your level and learning objectives no matter your background or experience.
Face-to-face, Online or Hybrid.
They can be varied to suit your needs.
A high-performing value chain requires collaboration from across the organization. Tearing down silos and creating the right cross-functional mindset can be a serious challenge. How do you prepare for success? Ideally, you’d like to experiment with different scenarios wherein people learn to overcome various obstacles. This is where we come in: through our business simulation games, participants have the unique opportunity to learn by experience by immediately putting complex theories into practice.
Advantages of experiential learning:
For a subject as vital as Value Chain Management, it is not enough to tell people how it works. They must experience it. The Cool Connection is a different way of learning that puts participants at the heart of a lifelike simulation so they can experience the impact of every decision they make, not just in their own ‘silo’ but across the business.
By team experience, participants measure their performance and receive constant feedback from the certified trainer leading the business game. Between rounds, participants reflect on their decisions and the outcome. They are introduced to new concepts and then go back to put what they have learned to practice in the next round. It is this ‘Magic Circle’ that makes The Cool Connection so powerful.