Global Leadership in Virtual Reality

Develop a new superpower - the ability to read minds across cultural boundaries.

Program Overview

Award-Winning Game Teaches Cultural Competency

student using Gear VR

First Impressions, a virtual reality learning experience developed in partnership with NC State, took home a bronze medal in the 2018 International Serious Play Awards, which recognize excellence in games designed for use in K-12 or higher education settings.

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Virtual reality provides unique opportunities for training related to leadership and management in a safe and engaging environment. This VR mediated lesson uses the principles of action learning, including two specific elements of conflict resolution: self-awareness and empathy skills. Participants learn to respond appropriately and effectively to a cross-cultural incident in a business situation. This VR mediated activity is intended to be used as part of a course aimed at developing global management and leadership skills.

Serious Play Bronze Medal

The award-winning "First Impressions" module allows participants to dive into the minds of your global partners and engage in learning about culture on both a cognitive and emotional level. This 10-minute module includes 2 scenes:

  1. Tensions begin to develop as new international team members meet for the first time in China.
  2. Participants select a character and experience the rest of the meeting from his point-of-view -- hearing his thoughts and reactions to the discussions.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this activity participants will be able to:

  • Identify how culture impacts our perception of conflict by reviewing and understanding a model of cultural dimensions.
  • Understand how culture shapes our reaction to conflict by observing a scenario in VR.
  • Experience how culture shapes our approach to conflict management by the cognitive processes of a character in the VR scenario.

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