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The Wharton School

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In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education.

With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 94,000 graduates.

The Saturn Parable for World Merit

Join us for the Saturn Parable, and learn advanced techniques to become a more successful leader while on a fun and challenging fictional mission to Saturn. Drawing on the latest research, as well as work by top game designers and award-winning authors, the Saturn Parable gives you the chance to test yourself against other teams in a competitive challenge.

How it works

Acting in teams of 4-6 people, participants play the role of members of the Enceladus Expedition, the first commercial space mission to Saturn’s moon Enceladus, whose south pole provides the only reliable source of liquid water beyond Earth. The UN, hoping to speed up the terraforming of Mars, has offered this valuable resource to whomever can claim it, and the Expedition is not the only effort to try to do so. The players find themselves racing against two other rival commercial missions, with the first to successfully land near the south pole gaining mining rights worth nearly a trillion dollars. A second ship can secure a lesser claim, worth billions, while the third would get nothing. Of course, this assumes that the missions can avoid complete disaster…

Though the setting is fictional, the debrief connects the lessons to the real world, revealing that the challenges encountered by participants are actually the same as those faced by organizations like Amazon, Apple, NASA, and Boeing. The skills learned in the game are immediately applicable to work environments, and research shows that these skills will be more deeply integrated and retained longer than might be accomplished with other methods.

The simulation itself has two parts: the first challenges participants to use their strategic and organizational leadership skills to build a winning strategy against multiple rivals, while keeping their team intact. The second phase is built to create a crisis environment, where participants must overcome to save the damaged ship before it lands. During both phases, every choice the participants make is evaluated, and used for a detailed debrief, as well as personal feedback to help people improve their leadership skills.

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