MARGA is offered by MARGA Business Simulations GmbH and can trace its origins to an initiative of ESMT Berlin (European School of Management and Technology) and the publishing  group "Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt".

VHB Publishing Group Handelsblatt

The Handelsblatt publishing group is a company that is part of the Dieter von Holtzbrinck publishing group and with diverse newspapers, magazines, specialist media and websites, has a leading position in the business publishing market.

The Handelsblatt publishing group has been partner and co-initiator of the MARGA business management simulation since 1971.

Through their interlocking with the Handelsblatt publishing group, the MARGA management simulations are closely related to reality and adapted to the current economic and business situation.

ESMT Berlin - European School of Management and Technology

ESMT Berlin

ESMT was established in October 2002 through an initiative by 25 leading German companies and associations. As a state-approved private business college ESMT offers education services to managers, an international MBA programme and an extra-occupational Executive MBA.
ESMT is an associate of MARGA Business Simulations GmbH and implements MARGA in several management programmes as an innovative and dynamic teaching method.

MARGA receives ongoing content-based stimuli which are incorporated in the management simulation program.

Dr. Annette Jünger-Fuhr, Leiterin Produktbereich "Unternehmensführung" u. Redakteurin "Der Aufsichtsrat"

‚Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Let me do and I will understand‘ – from my point of view, this quotation which is attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius, expresses best what characterizes the MARGA business simulation and what distinguishes it from other educational training programmes. The possibility to actively learn from an ’operating’ even if simulated company, is the best way to imprint the newly acquired knowledge to the participants’ memory.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Rocholl, President, Professor of Finance, and EY Chair in Governance and Compliance, ESMT Berlin

'We are proud of the development of ESMT’s first spin-off. MARGA not only teaches entrepreneurial strategy and action, but also puts them successfully into practice. The business simulation conveys managerial knowledge in a hands-on manner and, for this reason, continues to be an integral part of several ESMT executive education programs.’

Further network

German Simulation and Gaming Award ("Deutscher Planspielpreis")

MARGA supports the German Simulation and Gaming Award ("Deutscher Planspielpreis"), which is presented for outstanding final theses on the subject of simulation games. The motivation behind the prize is to promote general access to mainly unpublished work regarding this topic, thereby contributing to the further development of this method. 
The prize will be presented in June 2019 at the Simulation And Gaming Forum in Stuttgart, Germany. 
The prize will be presented by the "Zentrum für Managementsimulation der DHBW Stuttgart" in cooperation with SAGSAGA.

Festo Bildungsfonds

Together with Festo Bildungsfonds MARGA Business Simulations supports the qualification of young engineers. The motivation for this partnership is to develop management expertise as well as technological knowledge. Currently, the network consists of 15 companies and 24 universities.


SAGSAGA (Swiss Austrian German Simulation And Gaming Association) is a union of business simulation experts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which was founded in 2001 to publish the method of business simulations. MARGA is a member of SAGSAGA.

Global Management Challenge (GMC)

The Global Management Challenge is the largest Strategy and Management Competition in the world. It's the largest international event based on business simulations, and more than 420 000 university students and company managers participate in this global event.
There is a special Joint-Venture between the Global Management Challenge and MARGA Business Simulations GmbH.
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