AVAILABLE January 2014
Let your students take over the role of general manager at a bicycle and jeans factory with Virtual Business - Management Online. Students begin by managing a small facility and control limited factors. As they grow in business knowledge, they can lease as much space as they want and grow into manufacturing giants. In advanced projects, students can lay out factory floors and office environments to maximize output and minimize cost. In the process, students deal with absent employees, fast workers and slow workers, strikes, accidents and more. In multiplayer mode, opportunities to bid on orders appear in real-time to all students in the class.
NEW Two Types of Manufacturing Businesses
Students now set up complete businesses to manufacture bicycles and even blue jeans. There are great lessons that walk students through all the major facets of business management from business planning, to deciding on a form of ownership, recruiting employees, supervising employees, gathering employee feedback, expanding capacity, dealing with strikes, managing risk and more. The new employee recruiting feature simulates recruiting on free websites such as Craigslist and on pay sites such as Monster.com.
NEW Total Control of Layout
Students now have complete control of laying out their businesses including, production floor layout, routing & design, office configuration for maximum efficiency of accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, and information technology, raw materials storage for easy access, and finished goods storage for efficient shipping.
NEW Not One Size Fits All
Older versions of Virtual Business - Management were "one size fits all" for students; now all students can master smaller, simpler businesses while advanced students can move on to even larger businesses and multiple business types. Simplified lessons, with on screen instructions, ensure all your students can succeed.
Optional Multiplayer Feature Allow students to compete head-to-head for market share and profits. Students can design their factories, recruit employees, and bid on orders. This is a great capstone for your class’s Virtual Business experience.
Virtual Business - Management Online is 100% Web-based; no software installation required. Hi-speed Internet access required. Compatible with Mac and Windows systems.
Virtual Business - Management Online requires one of the following browsers: Internet Explorer 9* or higher, Mozilla Firefox 5 or higher, Google Chrome 9 or higher, Safari 5 or higher. It is advised to use the latest available version of each browser.
Virtual Business - Management Online can be run on any operating system supporting one of the above browsers. These include but are not limited to Windows*, Mac OSX, and iOS for iPad.
The following hardware is recommended:
1GHz or faster CPU
512MB or greater RAM
*Windows XP users cannot use Internet Explorer 8. Windows XP users should use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari.
Virtual Business is a registered trademark of Knowledge Matters, Inc.
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