Voices of HR department

Gisela Hühn, Zurich University of Applied Sciences about the MARGA Online Competition

Gisela Hühn, Life Sciences und Facility Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

As a student, I already got to know MARGA at my University.  Back then the simulation was still offline and shortly after, I witnessed the digital change into the online version of the simulation. Now for the first time I was in the position to accompany our students to the live final at the Schloss Gracht castle. According to my present experience as head of marketing and finding myself somewhere between economy, development and education at the ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Arts), I highly value the transformative advantage of this learning tool between knowledge and action. It easily develops entrepreneurial skills.’

Florian Conradi, Program Manager Trainees, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG about the MARGA Online Competition

Florian Conradi, Program Director Corporate Trainees, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

‘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.’

Dr. Thomas Karcher, Operations Director, Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG about the MARGA Online Competition

Dr. Thomas Karcher, Operations Director, Vinnolit GmbH & Co.KG

'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!'

Francisco Menezes, Leadership Development Programs Manager, Nokia

"Congratulations to the winning team. It makes business acumen, innovation and teamwork to come top in this demanding challenge. It is so important to Nokia´s profitable growth and future success that we find motivating ways to drive competitive spirit, help people develop and nurture a culture of high performance and integrity. I hope everyone has enjoyed and learnt from participation in this business simulation and can apply their new-found skills for the success of Nokia.“ 

Claudia Funke, Human Resources & Legal, Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG

‘The MARGA Online Competition is a great possibility for us to convey business management knowledge and entrepreneurial thinking to our trainees and young professionals. For us it is first and foremost a question of learning rather than winning. Our team members, predominantly consisting of chemist and chemistry engineers without previous managerial knowledge, entered the competition highly motivated. Spurred on by their own learning progress and by the dynamics of the overall competition our team hit the ground running. Needless to say that we are thrilled by the success of our participants and we all cross our fingers for them for this year’s MARGA Live Final! The MARGA management training is particularly endorsed by our company management, as some of them have experienced MARGA themselves in the past and are now excited about the performance of their staff.’

Jan Meier, HR Development, Veolia

"The MARGA business simulation is a fixed component of the Veolia Talent Program. As ‘temporary managers‘, our employees are given the possibility to try out and to further develop their ability of entrepreneurial thinking and acting. Thereby they easily acquire essential knowledge on complex economic coherences and during the seminar it is also easy to point out the relations to the own company. During the simulations you can always sense the rising team spirit amongst the participants. It quickly becomes clear that the overall business success is dependent on an efficient teamwork. And right from the beginning the motivation is high to succeed as a team! 
In short: Both the learning success and the fun are vast at the three-day Inhouse seminar. The MARGA business simulation fits perfectly into the corporate philosophy of our personnel development.

Carolin Hoeltermann, Head of Corporate HR Development, CLAAS KGaA mbH

"The special advantage of the MARGA business simulation is the combination of networking and experienced learning. Our participants are able to work with colleagues within a team, thus being faced with classic challenges of international team work, and they get to know the range of entrepreneurial acting in an explicitly hands-on manner. Additionally tutorial notes enable an individual deepening of learning contents, e.g. for those without prior management experience.

Dieter Sroka, CEO Pfalzwerke Netz AG

"A good team distinguishes itself by the ability to bundle their specific skills and by implementing these in a sustainable manner for their target tracking. Our MARGA team made their way through the six-month competition and finally emerged as winners. That speaks for them!

Klaus-Dieter Humm, Director Accounting SOKA-BAU

Heike Wittstamm, Talent Management / Human Resource Research and Development SOKA-BAU

"What makes MARGA so unique from our point of view is that the actual learning kind of happens en passant. Our employees were enthused for a rather ‘dull subject’ by means of the business simulation and thereby easily learned the contents. The festive final at the ‘Schloss Gracht’ castle was a great reward for all the effort and commitment. 

Michael Anslinger, Member of the Management Board Deutschland/Region Central, CEO DB Schenker Rail Deutschland AG

"Developing strategies together, sharing success and failure, winning as a team, that was a great experience for our team.“ 

Holger Jöhnk, Head of HR Headquarters, OBI Group Holding, and former MARGA participant

"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.“

Lena Reischmann, HR development HOCHTIEF

"As a three day in-class business simulation MARGA is a fixed part of our talent programme, which prepares future experts and managers for their responsible tasks. The business simulation establishes understanding for strategic management decisions and clarifies the interrelations of different controlling tools. At MARGA the company success is measured by similar target values as at our company HOCHTIEF. Thus the participants are able to establish a relationship to their own company. The special learning atmosphere as well as the professional support and execution arouse enthusiasm among our participants again and again. Last but not least the MARGA seminar enhances our internal network and also provides fun.”

Hans Thomas Eck, RWE Development Center

"'Learning by doing' is the message of MARGA: The experience as a virtual management board immensely motivates the participants. Thus they best get to know entrepreneurial thinking and acting.”

Carsten Dreyer, Berufsbildende Schulen des Landkreises Nienburg

"I remember my participation in MARGA 20 years ago as a very effective learning phase during the first years after my studies. For my professional life especially the concentration of the correlations of a company with their most deciding parameters was very helpful. This is why I have registered a group of scholars to MARGA, where they are confronted with a tough competition during the current final exhaminations. I am convinced that my scholars experience a functional and personal advancement by the participation. 

MARGA Business Simulations - Management training for high potentials and executives

MARGA Business Simulations is a General Management training in which the participants manage all departments and functions of a simulated company in teams. This strategic simulation is suited to gain an overall entrepreneurial perspective. Participants get to know management skills and have to apply their knowledge within the game. Being a General Management business simulation, MARGA imparts interdisciplinary perspectives which enable participants to gain insights into all functional areas of a company: marketing, production, finance and controlling.

Besides the classic talent management it is possible to apply MARGA into the framework of change management to show changes and make them easily comprehensible. Not only to accept the changes but also to support them actively.

The approach of MARGA Business Simulations ensures a unique transfer of knowledge to thinking and acting in an entrepreneurial way.

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