Newsletter No 4 December 2010

Serious gaming by Deloitte teaches ERM students about corporate social responsibility


Wouter Botzen

deloitteTo match the ambition of the Master Course “Environment and Resource Management (ERM)” students to engage in the issue of sustainability of the private sector, IVM establishes strategic partnerships with the corporate world. A recent example is the unique collaboration with Deloitte who offered training to ERM students about corporate responsibility and sustainability.

As a result of the increasing societal interest for the environment, IVM’s master course “Environment and Resource Management (ERM)” is growing rapidly. This year more than 100 students participate in the ERM course. To match the ambition of the master students to actively engage in the issue of sustainability of the private sector, IVM aims at establishing strategic partnerships with the corporate world. A recent example of such a partnership is the unique collaboration of the ERM with the famous consultancy firm “Deloitte”. In early November, Deloitte facilitated an exclusive business simulation game for the ERM students, which is normally only played with top level management. The game simulates a business environment in which participants run a company facing representative real-world social, environmental and business dilemmas. In return for this service, ERM students provide targeted feedback on the game, which helps Deloitte to further develop and refine this interactive tool. This collaboration demonstrates the success of innovative teaching methods in both engaging students in an interactive environment and learning by means of doing. Collaboration with the private sector and policymakers in IVM’s teaching program facilitates the exchange of knowledge between the university and society. 

For more information about ERM see http://www.ivm.vu.nl/en/teaching/ERM/index.asp and the Deloitte Game see http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_NL/nl/services/online-services/business-simulation-game/index.htm.