Advanced Leadership: The Saturn Parable

A special weekend course, hosted in partnership with QS World Merit Charity

What's Included?
  • Live lectures from Wharton Management professor Ethan Mollick
  • Team based gaming experience
  • Personal leadership report
  • Completion Certificate from Wharton Interactive
Skills you'll learn
  • Strategic leadership
  • Team leadership
  • Organizational leadership
  • Competitive strategy
Time commitments
Experience duration:
8 hours*
Touch points:
To be announced*
Full details below

Advanced Leadership and Strategy

Working with a team of global peers, you will take a trip to Saturn and navigate the obstacles of interstellar travel while tackling the complex goals of the mission.

About the Saturn Parable

This is how it works:

What happens? Taking place in 2087 players will assume the role of a member of the Enceladus Expedition, the first commercial space mission to Saturn’s moon Enceladus, whose south pole provides the only reliable source of liquid water beyond Earth. In this fictional setting, players will navigate real-world challenges. The simulation itself has two parts: the first challenges players to use their strategic and organizational leadership skills to build a winning strategy against multiple rivals while keeping their team intact. The second phase is designed to create a crisis environment, where players must overcome challenges to save the damaged ship before it lands.

How do you learn in the game? As you play, you will receive feedback via the gaming interface based on the decisions you and your team make. Every choice players make is evaluated, and used for a detailed debrief, as well as personal feedback to help players improve their leadership skills. The experience is entirely online, but players will interact with their teammates in real-time during the game, and with Professor Mollick throughout the live online lectures.

How can you apply the lessons you learn? The debrief unpacks the experience and connects the lessons of the simulation to the real world, revealing that the challenges encountered by participants are actually the same as those faced by organizations like Amazon, Apple, NASA, and Boeing. The skills learned in the game are immediately applicable to work environments. And the novelty of the experience drives learning – the unfamiliar environment will amplify the lessons that you learn, ensuring that you retain and apply those lessons.

Players completing the experience will earn a Wharton Interactive Certificate

Access a stack of learning resources along the way

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Evidence based practices
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Business tools developed by Wharton
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Video tutorials from leading minds in this space

Lessons of Advanced Leadership: The Saturn Parable include:

  • Determining strategic action under pressure
  • Ambidexterity and planning for the future while executing today
  • Expected value and decision-tree based planning
  • Abilene Paradox, groupthink, role conflict
  • Chartering, psychological safety, coordination, motivation
  • Closed loop communication, after action discussions, backing up
  • Goal setting, goal communication, and delegation
  • Motivating organizational change
  • Managing organizational conflict

Strategic leadership

  • Determining strategic action under pressure
  • Ambidexterity and planning for the future while executing today
  • Expected value and decision-tree based planning

Team leadership

  • Abilene Paradox, groupthink, role conflict
  • Chartering, psychological safety, coordination, motivation
  • Closed loop communication, after action discussions, backing up

Organizational leadership

  • Goal setting, goal communication, and delegation
  • Motivating organizational change
  • Managing organizational conflict

Authors

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Ethan Mollick

Professor of Management

Read Ethan's Bio