In the Management Information Systems course, the activity that combines a performance assessment with a social learning opportunity for students involves a consulting firm and a dirt bike company. Divided into teams, students take the part of either the company owners or the managerial consultants working for Dirt Bike USA. In collaboration, the teams exchange information and perform an overall systems analysis for Dirt Bike USA, considering things like business continuity planning, customer privacy policies, legal constraints, and environmental policies. The “consultants” then make managerial recommendations to the “owners” of Dirt Bike USA, and the company responds accordingly.
In this activity, neither team of students is right or wrong. The end result for all participants is a deeper understanding of the complexities of managerial responsibilities and long-term systems planning through the acquisition of problem-solving skills and opportunities for hands-on applications of those skills.