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Global Leadership in VR

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

Why Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality (VR) provides unique opportunities for training related to leadership and management in a safe and engaging environment. “First Impressions” aims to develop conflict resolution skills for participants. This 360 VR video can be used as part of a course aimed at developing global management and leadership skills.

Serious Play awards bronze medal

The award-winning “First Impressions” module allows participants to dive into the minds of their global partners and engage in learning about culture on both a cognitive and emotional level.

First Impressions 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. The VR experience was also recognized by Campus Technology magazine with an Impact Award.

The 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

Participants will be able to:

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