Strategy Planning Advisory Service

Mendacia is a strategy planning advisory service that includes real-time simulation exercises aimed at under-graduate, post-graduate and Executive MBA students, as well as corporate clients including the defence and development communities and local authorities.

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.

Strategy and Simulation Exercises

Mendacia works with commercial, technology and academic clients to design strategy and key stakeholder simulation exercises that emphasize issues and challenges associated with future studies, operational environment context, stakeholder engagement, social dynamics, ethics in design of automated technology systems, competitor analysis and differentiation. We work with manufacturers of artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomous systems to assist in the identification of ethical and moral principles and dilemmas. We also engage with defence and development clients to plan and model post-conflict reconstruction projects across multiple stakeholders. Our latest endeavour comprises working with the Third Generation Project to develop a simulation model to explore social dynamics and challenges associated with immigration and refugee settlement programs.

The nation of Mendacia where the simulation runs

Role-Playing Simulations

Set within a framework that explores the dynamics and tensions between market efficiency, civil society (cohesion) and the State in the digital age, this multi-layered simulation based on a fictitious country, Mendacia, has been 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 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