Enhanced Situational Awareness, Resilience and Strategy Planning

Mendacia Ltd., is a strategy planning advisory service with a difference. We work with leading safety, security and resilience hardware and software system developers to assess and then design bespoke enhanced situational awareness data and information fusion systems for our clients. We also advise clients on how to develop and then apply rapid situational awareness (scenario) techniques, in-depth exploration of industry, competitor and stakeholder dynamics through realistic simulation exercises. Our simulations can be in the form of desk-top or more comprehensive role-playing exercises. Our clients are public and private sector organisations. In association with the University of Aberdeen we teach comprehensive strategy and strategic planning to Executive MBA students.

Education and Awareness

Mendacia, in partnership with academic institutions, delivers courses in strategy, strategic planning, scenario development, resilience management and impact investment. We also design and facilitate realistic role-playing simulation exercises designed to provide insight and experience for graduates and working professionals in the public and private sectors facing socio-economic challenges in the extractive, technology and artificial intelligence sectors and with immigration and refugee settlement programs.

Scenarios and Simulation Exercises for Resilient and Robust Strategic Planning

Mendacia works with clients to better anticipate future situations and their potential challenges, risks and opportunities through the development of scenarios. In doing so we work with our clients to make their strategic plans more resilient and robust in the face of uncertainty. We also design and facilitate key stakeholder simulation exercises. Our simulations emphasize issues and challenges associated with future situations, operational environment contexts, stakeholder engagement and social dynamics. Simulation exercises explore and model multiple stakeholder dynamics and issues to better anticipate challenges and risks associated with a client’s business model or the implementation of public policies.

The nation of Mendacia where the simulation runs

Scenario Planning and Role-Playing Simulations

We work with clients to identify a number of carefully considered factors in their respective industries that have the potential to drive significant change in the world of uncertainties. We model these potential drivers of change into three sets of plausible but insightful future states, an ‘Anticipated Future’, an ‘Alternative Future’ and an ‘Unexpected Future’. These scenario sets provide contextual dynamics against which strategic objectives can be evaluated and modified in order to make the strategy robust and resilient.

Using role-playing simulations;

Set within a ‘fictitious’ country we call Mendacia that provides a geographical, social and base-line economic framework, our simulations are then uniquely tailored to mirror and reflect the stakeholder issues and dynamics that could influence and impact our client’s industry or in the case of public sector, policy decisions. We also overlay an additional contextual framework that explores the dynamics and tensions between market efficiency, civil society and the State in the digital age. Our simulations are designed to provide students, corporate clients, military planners and development aid officers with an opportunity to apply their newly-acquired strategic planning skills in a safe, simulated stakeholder environment.

Depending on which simulation variant exercise participants have enrolled in, they will get to experience and discover the challenges associated with the extractive industries, post-conflict environments and impact investments in developing countries, or the various stakeholder dynamics that could evolve during the implementation of immigration and refugee settlement programs. Depending on their allocated organisation roles, participants will be required to make public and/or private organisation decisions while simultaneously having to take other stakeholder interests into consideration. All of this within the context of:

  • macro socio-economic and political factors

  • identification of strategic priorities

  • trade-offs between competing stakeholders

  • environmental management

  • challenges associated with reconstruction and development

  • immigration and refugee policies and settlement programs as well as human rights and human trafficking and exploitation

  • complications arising from ethnic and religious conflicts

  • corporate social responsibility and impact investment

  • community development aspects

  • stakeholder management

  • achievement of the largest possible “circle of consensus”

  • communications and media interface

MENDACIA’S role-playing simulation exercises currently consist of the following variations:

These simulation variations provide insights into the prevailing dynamics that exist in business environments, public and private sector organisations, local governments and other stakeholders. They offer participants with an interest in strategy, social and humanitarian interventions, reconstruction and development and media studies the opportunity to apply their knowledge and test their skills in a safe and realistic environment.

Client Benefits

For Corporate Clients

For Corporate Clients the simulation offers an opportunity to:

  • challenge entrenched assumptions about doing business in similar situational environments and countries

  • stretch and test mental models with regard to operational environment, risk management and strategy formulation

  • factor in impact investment and corporate social responsibility dynamics

  • refresh negotiation skills and capabilities

  • recruit individuals who demonstrate with right aptitude and natural abilities.

     

For Academic Clients

For Academic Clients the simulation offers an opportunity to:

  • experience the real world of business

  • learn about a range of industries such as extractive, high technology, automotive and sports and major events management

  • develop better awareness of post-conflict reconstruction and impact investment principles and challenges

  • practice their management and strategy skills

  • try out their risk and reward computation abilities

  • exercise their negotiation skills

  • practice managing multiple stakeholders

  • manage competing interests and respond to media and public scrutiny.

Mendacia's Third Generation Project Partner - Universities of St. Andrews and Edinburgh

For participants in Mend-Migration, the immigration and refugee settlement exercise, the simulation offers an opportunity to identify and explore the various emotive and moral issues and challenges presented in the integration of new arrivals in a fictitious country, Mendacia. They explore ways in which host populations can be reassured about possible benefits to the country as a whole. Challenges explored are;

    • the key issues associated with immigration and refugee resettlement programs

    • concerns over national identity and cultural preservation

    • approaches to plan for and implement expanded capabilities associated with critical and essential services and utilities

    • the tensions between national, regional and local authorities

    • national versus local policy issues

    • human rights

    • human trafficking and the exploitation of vulnerable people

  • national safety and security concerns and the rule of law

  • education, health-care and provison of essential services to communities and groups in need

  • social services and accommodation delivery

  • social and economic integration

  • commercial and private sector engagement strategies

  • negotiation and mediation

  • confidence and trust-building measures