The Solar PV Industry Simulation by MIT

This simulation is free.

In this live web-based simulation, participants play the role of senior management at SunPower, a leading firm in the solar photovoltaic industry.

You will have direct access to it courtesy of the MIT Management Sloan School website / Teaching Resources Library, under their licensing agreement.

In this live web-based simulation, participants play the role of senior management at SunPower, a leading firm in the solar photovoltaic industry.

What you'll learn

Compete against other firms, simulated by the computer, and set the industry conditions so as to learn about strategy under different conditions relating to learning, knowledge spillovers, and competitor behavior.

How this simulation can propel your career in a technology sector

The key advantage of this simulation is that it gives you access to experience and understand the global picture of how marketing, sales, and product management function in tech-intensive businesses. Most employers nowadays claim that their employees do not have a global perspective and understanding about the business, and that limits immensely their opportunities for development and progression. Check out a recent report from McKinsey and Co about the challenges faced by the industry - which will be also your challenges - here. Now imagine that as a starting point when entering the job market you can already demonstrate to your employer that you thoroughly understand from theory and practice how the industry operates. That puts you in the spotlight right from the start to grow and develop a career in a fast-changing and highly competitive environment!

Key skills you will learn

The skills you will acquire may also help you if you are or plan to enter a career path in overseeing a tech business at the startup or growth stages. We have mapped the skills that you will acquire in this course against those employed by the Chartered Management Insitute (UK) to assess the extent of one's management responsibilities and experience when applying to becoming Chartered Manager (May 2021):

  • taking responsibility for your own professional development and record your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • reflective learning from managerial experience
  • experience developing and implementing strategic and operational plans
  • consistency in meeting the performance targets
  • manage processes for identifying and implementing innovations
  • responsibility for a budget
  • plan resource requirements in light of targets and objectives
Requirements

An understanding of general concepts related to business and management, obtained either by a degree or practical experience is recommended.

Who this simulation is for
  • Graduates or anyone willing to start a career in a tech company
  • Professionals working in the industry who want to gain a better understanding of how it functions as a whole
  • Managers wishing to gain an in-depth understanding of how the business decisions impact their operations, to ensure greater sustainability and growth

This simulation is free. You will have direct access to it and respective resources, as well as all the materials publicly available on the MIT Management Sloan School website / Teaching Resources Library, under their licensing agreement. To access the simulation on MIT's website here