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After a tough roll-over last week (week 7) of reaching a SHV of $1.01, our team had many strategic decisions to make. The major one was how were we going to get out of our position – either by doing it alone or being taken over by another company (not an ideal situation). Now after the roll-over we survived with a SHV around $7, not ideal but at least we are out of the mud for now. So what I have learnt this week is how you are learning through work experience.

As noted above our team didn’t do well at all last week but we are slowly getting ourselves out of trouble. The problem was that we didn’t learn from the previous week when our SHV decreased from the previous week. Davies and Easterby-Smith (1984) explained in detail about the different learning and development stages affects different people. For me personally I relate back to the article where Kolb and Fry (1975) refer to “learning as a process which may occur as a result of specific interactions with the environment”. I believe that the environment within Mikes Bikes relates back to how competitors are doing, reading through the reports that are relevant to me as R&D director, and also the impact of other team members and how their decisions can impact mine.

What I learnt from the process above is that the learning process is forever part of us in what we do. It doesn’t matter what we are doing in our life’s we are learning and developing all the time. What I learnt from the roll-over is that I over predicted what would happen in the market dramatically which made our team receive such a low SHV. I was then able to reflect upon my actions for this roll-over and it showed a huge difference where inventory left over for all our products were all less than 1,000 compared to the 26-52 weeks inventory we had earlier.

Obviously this learning process is still being developed and it will be continuing for the coming weeks so I haven’t been able to test the learning process fully yet. I am looking forward to how the Davies and Easterby-Smith reading will test my learning and I realize our team still has a long way to go in the roll-overs of Mikes Bikes.

Davies, J., & Easterby-Smith, M. (1984). Learning and developing from managerial work experiencesJournal of Management Studies, 21(2), 169--182. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.1984.tb00230.x

2 Comments

  1. It sounds like you did some really great reflection this week. This is a very thorough journal and it seems to me that you did a really great job on walking readers through your thought process and connecting that back to the reading as well. I have nothing to suggest for you to work on for now. I really appreciate how clear you were and how detail oriented your writing is. You gave clear supports to all of your statements and worked your way through the reflective process. Hopefully the action steps continue to work out for you during the coming weeks!

  2. Hi Jonathan,

     think you have done an effective job in laying out the problem for both your team and yourself, and it is good to see that you are able to reflect on some of the actions that you have taken in the past that have resulted in some of the performance issues of your team. I believe it is also encouraging to see that you have been able to reflect on these previous problems and learn from them in order to help steady your performance in this past week. 

    In order to improve your reflection I believe that you could be a lot more critical in your engagement with the theories, and make a further and deeper discussion with how they relate to your experiences. Like i said earlier, you have made a clear description and articulation of the problems faced, but show only some critique as to how they really relate to the theories. An example of this would be the second paragraph, where you state the issue; "decreasing SHV", and then the relevant theory; "learning and development stages", but only show a very short articulation as to how the learning process has really related to you, and im not sure if this really reflects the higher levels of blooms taxonomy.This could then perhaps be turned into more discussion as to how your learning either shows development from earlier stages of the course or how it may effect future rollovers. 

    Overall though I would say that you have shown an effective reflections, which really shows that you have been able to process and learn from previous experiences in the simulation. You have shown an understanding of the readings and been able to show how they relate to your own experiences but with a bit more critical analysis could have an even stronger reflection. 

    Good luck for the rest of the assessment!