K-Flow

SUMMARY

K-Flow is an open strategy game based on a massively multiplayer digital plotting table, made to simulate any situation of advanced economic competition with detail and perspective.

PRINCIPLE

Facebook is a digital yearbook; K-Flow is a digital plotting table. A session of K-Flow is a simulation bringing together between twenty-five and one hundred players in teams embodying companies (Samsung, Apple, Intel, Rosneft…), consortia of companies, countries or alliances (Shanghai Cooperation Organization, ASEAN, NATO…) and this is just the beginning. The scenarios allow players to acquire a deep and intuitive knowledge of their competitive environment, its risks, threats and opportunities, and above all to anticipate the strategies and decisions of their opponents.

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The principle of a plotting table: bringing strategists together with a common representation of the shared action and knowledge. K-Flow develops a digital version of this principle, massively augmenting its knowledge flow, number of players and its diversity of possible actions.

PROGRESS

A K-Flow simulation typically lasts five hours and a half, but also represents a long upstream documentation and preparation on behalf of its organizers and also, depending on the product, downstream strategic, financial and operational audit.

Players may prepare the simulation by answering a multiple-choice test and/or learning from a multimedia file prepared by the organizers. They can also discover the scenario with no prior preparation, to improve their ability to adapt and rapidly acquire knowledge. All players must be equipped with their own tablets or computers during the simulation so that they can maintain a constant flow of documentation online.

Teams plot their actions in continuous on a common digital world map. The range of these actions is completely open but can often be indexed among categories pertaining to typical corporate divisions (Marketing/Sales, Central Administration, PR & Lobbying, etc.). The mutual aggregation of the teams’ actions as the result of competition and/or cooperation (as in the case of Apple v. Samsung for example, where the two companies ate both competitors and critical partners) gives most of its emerging creativity to K-Flow, which thus encompasses both a strategic simulation and a prolonged brainstorming. Teams collectively improve their decision- making abilities, their intelligence, creativity, strategic and operational thinking.

We can provide a large diversity of ready-to-wear scenarios, for example the embargo over Rare Earth Elements by the People’s Republic of China against Japan in 2010, and certain teams can also be asked to achieve precise objectives, either secret or not (for example, taking control of Hermès International for the LVMH group).

The purpose of K-Flow being to maximize the knowledge flow of your company, and among others, to test the collective cognition of the participants’ teams, an also wide variety of perturbations can be prepared, along with the actions of the teams’ opponents, to try their ability to adapt.

Any K-Flow simulation comes with an introduction and conclusion to prepare the teams and consolidate their return on experience.

CONTENT

The content of K-Flow simulations is always made-to-measure but it also always provides at least

– up to fifteen case studies per simulation – general strategy – strategic marketing – strategic management – economic intelligence – business development – lobbying and public relations – sustainable development – operational management – innovation and change management – corporate analysis – geopolitics and political risk – crisis management –

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1. The K-Flow processor family: K-Flow One Shot is made for a single day of simulation, K-Flow Serious is an immersive experience of three days of simulation with added consulting services, K-Flow Premium is a customizable high-end quarterly follow-up around the year, with a minimum of two simulations per quarter.

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2. A K-Flow digital working environment: a digital plotting table and a shared work environment for each team partaking in the simulation. Panels can display both the scenario’s contents or the teams’ strategy in progress.

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3. K-Flow is built around a digital plotting table that is made massively multiplayer (up to 100 players to begin with), displays an advanced content in strategy that includes case studies, with all contents tailor-made. A K-Flow simulation is always provided with an introduction and conclusion, or a continuous comment upon the teams’ return of experience.

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4. Summary of the K-Flow environment (here shown on a K-Flow panel): while teams ripen their strategy in their workspace, an interactive plotting table allows to plot their actions in real time.

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5. A K-Flow plotting table

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6. An example of global action: the Samsung group decisively partaking in the building of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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7. An example of action that is represented locally: the taking of control of Hermès over Soficuir, here precisely plotted at the Soficuir headquarter in Paris.

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8. An example of game changer: Pranav Mistry’s Sixth Sense Technology

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9. An example of given instruction: acquiring the Hermès Group for LVMH.

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10. A few examples of ready-to-wear scenarios in K-Flow: “Above the Fray” (Apple v. Samsung, LVMH v. Hermès, Arianespace v. Lockheed-Martin, etc.). “Antitrust” (Google v. Baidu, Monsanto v. DuPont, Facebook v. RenRen, etc.)

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11. Other examples of advanced scenarios in K-Flow: “Beyond Petroleum and the New Seven Sisters” (Rosneft, Gazprom, Petrochina, Petrobras, Petronas, PDVSA, Saudi-Aramco, National Iranian, etc.) and “Rare Earth Elements and Semiconductors” (JOGMEC, Toyota, Sony, Molycorp, Fusion-io, UMC, TSMC, Baogang Group, Hunan Nonferrous, etc.)

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