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Business Strategy Game Overview BUSA 4980
BSG Player’s Manual and Quizzes All information necessary to adequately compete in the Online Edition of The Business Strategy Game (BSG) is detailed in the Online BSG Player’s Manual. To ensure that all students become familiar with the manual, each student must complete two online quizzes individually. Please see the course schedule for quiz completion due dates. Occasionally, students become confused with particular aspects of the simulation. When this occurs you may contact me for clarification. However, you are strongly encouraged to check the players’ manual thoroughly and to use the extensive online help screens before contacting me because you should be able to find answers to most or all of your questions in the manual or online. If you contact me with a question that is addressed within the manual, your team risks being fined one million dollars per incident. Quizzes Each online quiz consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. BSG Quiz 1 has a time limit of 45 minutes and covers the content of the BSG Player’s Guide. You will be tested on your ability to ‘navigate’ the Player’s Guide. BSG Quiz 2 has a time limit of 90 minutes. The purpose of BSG Quiz 2 is to help you get comfortable using and understanding the “?/Help” screens in the simulation and gain full command of where the numbers in the reports are coming from and how those numbers should be interpreted. The “?/Help” sections accompanying each page of the company reports (as well as each decision screen) explain the numbers in the company reports, the accounting principles used to allocate costs across regions and between branded and private-label footwear, the implications of shifting exchange rates, the formulas underlying the credit rating measures and various financial and operating ratios reported each year, and other important aspects of company operations. I would highly recommend that you follow the Quiz 2 instructions and print copies of certain on-line “?/Help” screens prior to taking the quiz. In addition, it would be wise to understand how EPS, ROE, current ratio, and operating profit margins are calculated and how those numbers are interpreted. BSG Decisions All decisions will be submitted online at the following web address: . All decisions are due by 9 p.m. on the dates specified in the syllabus. Decisions should be entered directly online as specified in the manual. The simulation is automatically administered and will run with or without your team’s decisions. I cannot make any adjustments regarding the scheduled simulation deadlines. If a team is unable to submit their decisions, the simulation will proceed with the team’s last set of full decisions. The BSG simulation is very sensitive to poor decisions and replication of prior years decisions typically result in large financial losses for companies. Other fines may apply for decisions not submitted on time. Team feedback on

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