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About MARGA

The company and the people behind MARGA

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MARGA History

MARGA is the first German business game provider. Back in 1971, today’s ESMT European School of Management and Technology developed the MARGA business game and used it in its own management programs. In the same year, the open MARGA Online Competition was launched togehter with the Handelsblatt publishing group. In 2007, MARGA was transferred to the newly founded MARGA Business Simulations GmbH.

MARGA, the “MARKET GAME”, conveys practical knowledge for economy – up-to-date and at business school level. In our business simulation, participants train managerial coherences, management methods and teamwork. We work exclusively with our own competent and experienced trainers, who are characterized by individual and proactive coaching.

Das MARGA Team steht auf einer Wiese

This is who we are

Behind MARGA you find a strong team of experienced and competent program directors, trainers and tutors as well as employees for seminar organization and administration. We work exclusively with our own experienced and highly qualified trainers, who provide you with reliable support in terms of both content and organization. We are at your service worldwide – you decide where, when and how we can support you.

MARGA is characterized by particularly individual tutoring. We support all participants intensively and proactively with content-related, organizational and technical issues. We also actively accompany the teams, guide them, provide suggestions and ultimately demand performance.

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What we stand for

  • All from a single source

    We work exclusively with our own experienced and highly qualified trainers, who provide you with reliable support in terms of both content and organization.

  • High-quality
    education

    As first German provider of business games, we we stand for the sophisticated and high-quality teaching of management knowledge since 1971.

  • Full service
    package

    As soon as you have registered your participants, we take over the entire process of communication, organization and collaboration. We will involve you to the extent you require.

  • Innovation

    MARGA has been online since 2002. The MARGA learning world is constantly evolving and always keeps pace with the latest didactics, methodology and technology.

Are you interested
in our MARGA
business game?

Book a free online meeting now. We are always there for you personally and will be happy to consult you.

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Gruppe von Leuten sitzt am Tisch und diskutiert

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MARGA in 2 minutes

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Die MARGA Auszeichnungen

Our awards

As first German provider of business games, MARGA stands for the sophisticated and sustainable transfer of management knowledge since 1971. The fact that we offer a unique and innovative product is confirmed by the Comenius Edu Media Seal of Approval and the Brandon Hall Gold Award.

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Strong part­ners:
Han­dels­blatt & ESMT Ber­lin

With ESMT Berlin and the Handelsblatt Media Group, we have two strong partners at our side who stand for scientific content and economic topicality. This means we always have our finger on the pulse of the times: participants in the business simulation learn about current management content in a realistic, dynamic market environment.

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This is what our
customers say

MARGA has been an established partner for many customers since 1971. Our partners use MARGA successfully in various target groups across all industries.

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MARGA offers the rare possibility to learn from expensive mistakes at a convenient price.

Axel Delker Finalist MARGA Online Competition, REWE Zentral AG
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MARGA is an integral part of our Junior Manager Program – our trainee program for executive talents. MARGA makes entrepreneurial thinking tangible without real risks. The high dedication of our trainees has paid off once more: they are in the live final today.

Ruth Ziegler Human Resources, Robert Bosch GmbH
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It was a professional pleasure having participated in MARGA! Not only because of the managerial knowledge I have refreshed and put into practice, but also because of the colleagues I had the opportunity to team up with. Apart from that, recognition must be given to the MARGA support team’s members, who were always happy to help out each and every team in the competition.

Priscila Pedrón Luzón Participant MARGA Online Competition DB Cargo
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The seminar conveyed the functionality of a company and especially the fundamentals of accounting in a comprehensive  and practical manner and thus made an important contribution to the new training program of our management trainees.

André M. Steeg Senior Executive Manager, Dr. August Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG
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One team, six people on four different continents and one decision to make – it is just great which possibilities we have today.

Anna-Lena Schulz Finalist MARGA Online Competition, Volkswagen AG
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Where else can high potentials and young professionals practice to act as real entrepreneurs? We play MARGA with mixed teams in which we combine current with former trainees. Like this we achieve interdisciplinary and self organized groups. It’s amazing how much our teams learned about strategy, business management and market development in such a short time. They will certainly benefit from this experience during their day-to-day business. Above all, they both learned and laughed a lot – what a great combination.

Florian Conradi Program Manager Trainees EnBW
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In addition to professional training, the MARGA Online Competition gives us the opportunity to promote virtual teamwork between our international locations in a targeted manner. Through high self-motivation and efficient teamwork, this year our two teams have reached the finals – we are thrilled!

Claudia Funke Team lead Human Resources, People & Culture, Develey Senf & Feinkost
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Through the MARGA Business Simulation, I understood the connection between marketing, production and finance and how the decisions in each area affect the value of the company. Great Management Training – The online game was a lot of fun especially thanks to the competent and dedicated MARGA coaches. I would recommend the training to anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge in business management and financial ratios.

Dr. Tilmann Fahlbusch Operations EMEA Tolling Manager, Clariant
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Business studies are a substantial supplement for the overall skills of our young professionals. The conveyance of know how by means of a gaming environment is particularly attractive. Our experience shows us that both studies and a competitive environment are a good combination. After the fourth year of participating at the MARGA Online Competition, this year one of our Vinnolit teams came in first – what a great performance!

Dr. Thomas Karcher Operations Director, Vinnolit GmbH & Co.KG
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20 Years ago I, myself participated in the MARGA Competition and today I understand why our team was not able to qualify for the next round – that is what I call sustainable learning. Today our OBI trainees participate in the MARGA Online Competition.

Holger Jöhnk Head of HR Headquarters, OBI Group Holding
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Publications

Download all publications about business games and MARGA here.

Publications

Impressions of us

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Three people make their decisions in the MARGA board game
Sandra Wagner supports a participant in the MARGA business game
The MARGA team cheering
Sandra Wagner during tutoring
The MARGA team in Bonn
Andreas Nill presents the idea behind MARGA
The MARGA Program Managers stand next to each other on a meadow
Andreas Nill during a video shoot
The MARGA Managing Partners receive the Brandon Hall Award
The MARGA team at the business run in Cologne

Exciting News

  • A group of young people sit together laughing

    Published on October 8, 2023HR Info

    Learning motivation in business games

    The motivation of employees to learn plays a central role. Because those who learn with motivation and enthusiasm increase their learning success.

  • Hand turns over dice forming the words Change and Chance

    Published on August 24, 2023HR Info

    Managing change playfully Business games as the key to successful change management

    Effective change management is a critical success factor. Business simulation games prepare employees optimally for change.

  • The MARGA Awards are lined up on a table

    Published on May 26, 2023Online Competition

    The winners of the MARGA Online Competition 2022/2023 have been determined!

    After an exciting and eventful two-day live final, the winning team of this year's MARGA online business game competition has been announced!…

  • Five people working together on the MARGA business game and laughing.

    Published on May 10, 2023HR Info

    How business games help you to promote important soft skills in your company

    Not only technical expertise, but also soft skills can be trained. But how can I best promote these skills as part of further training without neglecting the development of subject-specific skills?…

  • Three persons playing the MARGA board game

    Published on April 1, 2023HR Info

    What is a business game and why is it suitable for employee development?

    Find out what a simulation game actually is and why it is particularly suitable as a learning method.

  • Three men sit in front of their laptops laughing and planning their business game scenario.

    Published on March 9, 2023HR Info

    Online, in-class, blended learning

    What are the advantages of the different learning formats and what is the most suitable option for me?…

  • Logo of Brandon Hall Award

    Published on December 19, 2022Online Competition

    The MARGA Online Competition is awarded with the Brandon Hall Gold Award

    At this year's Excellence in Technology Awards of the Brandon Hall Group, the MARGA Online Business Game Competition was honored with the Gold Award in the category "Learning & Development: Best Advance in Gaming or Simulation Technology".

  • Many cubes with a person as an icon are connected to each other

    Published on December 10, 2022HR Info

    Challenge agility

    Why are business simulations particularly suitable as a further training measure to train managers in the basic understanding of business management?…

  • Dices forming the word FAQ

    Published on July 26, 2022Online Competition

    FAQs of HR managers about the MARGA Online Competition

    Here you will find the most frequently asked questions from recruiters about the MARGA online management game competition and our answers.

  • A man sits in front of his laptop and working on the MARGA business game

    Published on July 11, 2022HR Info

    Online learning is not a stopgap solution

    From a didactic point of view, an online simulation game offers an extraordinarily intensive and sustainable learning experience compared to face-to-face training, precisely because the participants usually have more time available.

  • Laughing participants at a MARGA business game

    Published on May 27, 2022Online Competition

    What happens during the MARGA Online Competition?

    Are you interested in the MARGA online business game competition and would like to know more about the process and content of the program? Here you can find out what challenges the teams face during this exciting online training.

  • The MARGA Awards are lined up on a table

    Published on May 20, 2022Online Competition

    Dürr Group wins the MARGA Online Competition 2021/2022

    After an exciting and eventful two-day live final, the winning team of this year's MARGA online business game competition has been announced!…

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