"The Resource Curse: Emerging Markets in South America" Simulation

The Resource Curse: Emerging Markets in South America


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  • 7 roles
  • Role sheets included
  • Teams of 2 - 4 students per role (recommended)

Length of Simulation:

  • Flexible; Set by instructor

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  • Messages
  • My Team
  • Conferences
  • Proposal Center
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Students navigate global markets and local politics in this high stakes negotiation simulation! Multi-national corporations compete to gain access to Bolivia’s coveted lithium deposits, while the Bolivian government aims to strike a deal that will satisfy internal stakeholders and provide the economic boost the country so desperately needs.

Cast as French and Chinese business executives, Bolivian government officials, union representatives, and indigenous leaders, participants take part in a complex negotiation to determine the future of lithium extraction in Bolivia. Throughout the contract negotiations, teams attempt to shape the bids to meet their role’s interests. Appropriate for courses in resource politics, international business, or negotiation, among others.

A scenario is provided along with a private role sheet to give students additional information about their assigned role's positions and interests. This simulation includes an opportunity for students to develop, debate, and vote on specific proposal plans (or bids) to address the issues in the scenario. Students build bids using a series of pre-loaded options. Teams also attempt to influence the path of the negotiation by taking various actions that can trigger the release of pre-loaded news stories and intelligence reports. In addition to standard tools for facilitating the simulation, instructors also have access to a series of optional news stories to send out as injects in order to highlight the role media can play in influencing the debate.

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ICONSnet is optimized for display and use on desktop and laptop computers. Participants will need one or more Internet-connected computers or devices, and recent Web browser software. Recommended Web browsers include recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, or Internet Explorer (version 10 or above).

Note: Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser are encouraged to upgrade to the most recent version of Internet Explorer (currently IE 11), available on the Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 operating systems. Users of older Microsoft operating systems, e.g., Windows XP, are encouraged to use recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Opera.

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