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We are all getting through the last of our decisions and plotting out the last stretch of strategy for our Mikes Bikes firms but I can’t help feel we have never truly understood the systems that run it. Sure we have made logical and guided decisions to push our firm in the right direction but there also lies our biggest problem, we used logic from our work experiences combined with guidance from Mikes Bikes to make those decisions. However if there is one thing I have learnt from Mikes Bikes it is that it is not logical in how we see logic. The program is logical to the ratios and numbers that run it not to the rainbow of different business experiences that everybody has, no business, environment or person is the same so how can a copied simulation represent that? I only wish I had come to that conclusion much earlier and our team would have been much happier with ourselves and how we’ve done.

With that in mind Christiensen (2010) provided insight into how this relates to me in the future. He talks about comparing our current happiness to what we could be doing in the future. As the CEO it is my job to bring the team together and make it work in the best possible way. An important function of this is how we interact with each other and so far providing a stable, happy and semi-professional work environment has paid off in providing an enjoyable work environment. This has worked in a university environment so why not in a more professional business environment, or was I just lucky with who was put in my group and a normal work environment would mean a different approach was needed? Our own happiness should always be a goal ‘but how much sway do we really have if were not a position of power and even then would those responsibility’s improve our chances’, is a question worth asking now. I believe more questions represents what I have gotten out of this paper so far but I hope that as we begin to bring everything to a close we will have a better opportunity to reflect on the entire picture and hopefully gain a better understanding for the future. It seams all our learning is pined on the last weeks of the course and the marks strangely represent that.


  1. Adam,

    Apologies for having your review done last week.. I thought I had pressed save as I was in a rush & I hadn't realised that I had exited out of the window before it had uploaded as it was lagging and cutting out with all the power cuts and so forth last week. I will however, do my best to incorporate aspects from last week and this week.

    Firstly, your reflection is very easy to read and well written in terms of structure. I can see that the problem that your have highlighted is the fact that you have never really understood the systems that mikes bikes uses and therefore have found it hard to implement a strategy that will work because regardless of a success or a failure, because you don't understand it, there is no way for you to keep it up or fix it. In regards to reflective observation, you do this well as you are able to find a link in the fact that your team, having no understanding of how the simulations systems work, draw on past experiences. So in regards to Daudelin's approach of reflections, you do a tremendous job. Some more questions and methods in which you active experiment, possibly in other group simulations would have been nice. On top of that, possibly a recap on how things in your last reflection went and how the changes you implemented help the team especially in a position such as CEO where you are incredibly influential.

    Overall you are a very strong writer and I believe you grasp the nature of these reflections very well. There is no doubt in my mind that you will do well in the summative learning journal and I wish you and your team all the best in this final rollover (smile)

  2. Hey Adam, 

    Firsly a great journal to end on. Firstly to address the structure, it was easy to read but there was some confusion regarding your use of Daudelin's structure. It is a hard topic to talk about and I also feel questions allow for many more answers and greater learning however this week you did not seem to delve into solutions to overcome your problem. Maybe a focus on a problem that is not so focused on mikes bikes and maybe on the need to not rely so much on experience and to be able to adapt to different environments, situations and parameters. Our team also fell into this trap and it was through only letting go of this tether of prior experiences that we were able to overcome our own limitations. Other than that it was an enjoyable read and good luck for your summative journal.