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For over 30 years, our business simulation games have helped world-renowned institutions and organizations engage, inspire and help students to become the successful marketers they are today. But don’t just take our word for it, listen to the professors and students who use and swear by our business simulation games and take some inspiration for your classroom.
Teaching Executive Students with MarkStrat
How do you bring practice into the classroom for your executive students? Professor Vatroslav Skare from the University of Zagreb on using Markstrat business simulation game.
“When I run Markstrat, I reveal the results in class… and there’s such anticipation because they’ve worked really hard on their strategy decisions, so they’re dying to see how it comes out. There are very few things I’ve had in my teaching career where I’ve literally had students waiting on the edge of their seats to see what comes next.”
Alan Malter, University of Illinois
I’ve had students, usually Executive MBAs, come back years later and say they find themselves using Markstrat terminology to argue for actions within their own company. The simulation is so involving, learning and long-lasting, they’re seeing their own business and marketing world through the Markstrat lens.
Prof. Bill Cron, Texas Christian University (USA)
I finished Markstrat simulation last week among 50 students at TAPMI, Manipal. The feedback from my students has been exhilarating. I was stunned when I got a standing ovation on the last day ! So much overwhelmed were the students by the simulation-experience”
Dr .R.C. Natarajan, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Marketing, T A Pai Management Institute, Manipal (India)
Over several decades, Markstrat has remained one of the finest pedagogical tools in the area of marketing strategy. I have used it extensively around the globe, both for MBA program and for corporate teaching and at various levels in organizations. Markstrat is highly analytical tool and is based on rigorous marketing concepts. It gives enough flexibility to any professor to blend intense theoretical constructs with practical realities. It provides superior learning laboratory to participants to learn sound marketing principles along with superior decision making skills.
Dr. Nirmal Gupta, Marketing Educator, Indian School of Business (India)
I really love Markstrat and have been using it for the past 3 years (6 semesters in total) as I think it provides the students with a highly challenging but rewarding experience to practice their higher level marketing skills. I also have past students who have advised me that they have been given work positions based on their discussion of what they learned in Markstrat – it gives them a competitive edge because they can discuss marketing strategy more insightfully. So thank you for a wonderful program.
Dr Lynda Andrews, Lecturer School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
I am teaching an Executive MBA Marketing Strategy course, with a key component being Markstrat. The StratX technical support staff has been extremely professional and patient in helping me and my class understand both the fundamental philosophy and relevant strategies of the simulation. Your support and guidance has enabled me to focus on teaching Strategic Marketing using a very sophisticated and practical hands-on approach.
Prof. Sandy Becker, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Management (USA)
Markstrat is simply the best simulation I’ve used in taking the analytical and strategic thinking skills, as well as teamwork spirit, of my MBA students and participants of executive education programs a step further. It’s the perfect tool for them to apply business concepts in a highly competitive, but still risk-free, environment.
Prof. Paulo Sergio Quatiermeister, ESPM, Associado Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing
Markstrat has been a fundamental tool for my Undergraduate, Master of Science and MBA courses in Brazil. The simulation allows the understanding and exercising the basics of Strategic Marketing up to the foundations of several Marketing Research reports presented in the game. I have received consistently positive and enthusiastic feedbacks from students about their learning experience. Other than that, I should say that the StratX support team for the Instructor makes a difference when planning the course management and running the game.
Professor Luciano e Castro, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
I’ve successfully used Markstrat for several years in my Marketing Management and Marketing Strategy courses at the MBA and the EMBA level. It enables students to assimilate several concepts discussed in the courses in a competitive, data-rich environment. They learn about team work, and quickly see the good and bad of their decisions at less cost to their careers. I highly recommend it to marketing instructors.
Prof. Vithala Rao, Cornell University (USA)
The simulation provided the right platform for the students to apply all of their relevant learning first-hand, and face the consequences almost instantly. Owing to the integrative and competitive nature of the simulation, the course attracted one of the largest student registrations ever.
Dr .R.C. Natarajan, Director, IRMA (Institute of Rural Management Anand) (India)
We use Markstrat in our undergraduate, MBA, and senior MBA programs. Each time we use the simulation, we see an amazing transformation in our students into highly analytical, confident, and finance-savvy marketing decision makers. The students have a lot of fun competing among themselves in highly engaging marketplace scenarios.
Lewis Lim, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing Practice, Nanyang Business School (Singapore)
Your assistance has allowed me to make Markstrat an even more meaningful part of my classes’ curriculum at UW Milwaukee. Every class I have had over the last couple of years has thoroughly enjoyed Markstrat (even those teams frustrated by their less than stellar performance). It is a great learning experience. I am amazed how things have developed over the years in the simulation space.
Bret Goodman, Professor, University of Milwaukee (USA)
‘Wow – it looks fantastic! As someone who has been teaching Markstrat off and on since the days when decisions were written by HAND on sheets of paper and then passed to the instructor for input, to big floppy disks, to finally being web-accessible, I love the new look.’
Professor Donna L. Hoffman, Louis Rosenfeld Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Marketing
I very much like the Digital MediaPRO simulation. It seems to meet all of my learning objectives for that part of the course, and I’m planning to use it again next semester in my Advanced Branding class (a graduate-level Marketing elective in our Master of Arts in Management program).
Roger L. Beahm, Full Professor of Practice in Marketing, Wake Forest University (USA)
The BrandPro Workshop has been really helpful. Learning and playing with the simulation hands-on in the workshop, helped me overcome my hesitations that this simulation would be challenging to use in the classroom. The professional workshop execution and the wonderful support of BrandPro staff has definitely reassured me to use BrandPro in my teaching!
Dr. Barbara Stöttinger, Associate Professor, Academic Director, Professional MBA Mktg & Sales, WU Vienna (Austria)
Markstrat es quizá el mejor simulador en el área de mercadeo. Desde mi experiencia, es claro que Markstrat es una herramienta muy valiosa para comunicar y afincar conceptos como segmentación, innovación y manejo de productos, todos conceptos claves en la gestión de mercadeo. Desde la perspectiva de mis estudiantes, la retroalimentación que recibo siempre es positiva, especialmente por la clara conexión entre el simulador y las muchas situaciones de la vida cotidiana en el mundo del mercadeo.
Professor Ricardo Vallenilla, Marketing Profesor, IESA (Caracas Venezuela)
“The Markstrat certification is a great way to get introduced to this simulation. What is great about the certification is that it contributes to shorten the learning curve to start right away and also you get interesting ideas about how to apply Markstrat for different audiences and formats.”
Andrés Cuneo, Associate Professor of Marketing, ESADE Business School
“It’s been great to play Markstrat!
“I was a little bit worried at the start; after the first period I felt like I was going to sink under all the data… but it got better as of the second period, and I really quickly got immersed into the game! Our team was managing a company and we were always very anxious to get results to continue our progression.
“The whole team got overexcited, and very quickly got clear goals: get market shares, launch a new product while watching competitors moves…. Have the most successful strategy to win!
“It’s been a really fun, enriching learning experience!”
Marguerite-Marie, S.M.I.S. ESSEC
“I loved the competitive aspect of the simulation…it was wonderful to see strategies succeed, and it was very motivating when competitors’ strategies proved more effective. I found MarkStrat to be very effective at cementing the intangible marketing concepts we cover in class.”
Casey, Georgetown University
“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your class. This was the first marketing class that I have taken and although I knew that I would find it interesting, I didn’t realize how much I would love it. My favorite was the Markstrat simulation. When I first looked into it I was overwhelmed and intimidated by all the information. Once I started getting familiar and more comfortable with it, it was so exciting. I looked forward to the morning after the decisions and couldn’t wait to see how the group did. I was just telling Mikal that I was going through Markstrat withdrawal symptoms! We both equally enjoyed it!”
Student at University of Houston-Victoria