Magazine article Communication World

Observations: The Game

Magazine article Communication World

Observations: The Game

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take a spin around the world WIN A PRIZE!

Technology and economics have led to the globalization and restructuring of business. Technology has changed our ability to communicate instantaneously around the world. International E-mail, fax machines and video are some of the new vehicles shaping the communication world. Just 10 years ago, reported sales of fax machines were 100,000 for Canon. Today, sales are estimated at more than 1,700,000.

Observations: The Game is designed to test your international knowledge of communication. In this game, you travel around the globe to observe how communication must change in the age of the multinational corporation. Globalization is attributed with changing the economy of the United States. As communicators, we must struggle to keep up with too much information. We must understand protocol and the nuances of communicating on a global scale.

Our trip begins in Los Angeles and ends in New York City, one year later. It can be played alone or in teams, with individuals competing against one another. The team or individual with the highest score is the winner. If you are unable to answer a question, you must proceed to the next country. Skipping a country limits your chances of investigating the corporate etiquette of that region, therefore limiting your ability to be an effective global communicator ... Before embarking on your trip, contact the embassies of the countries you are traveling through to identify regulations pertaining to visas. You must also receive the required immunization shots regulated by the U.S. State Department. Name the requirements and earn 75 bonus points.

When everything is in order, you are ready to fly to Los Angeles to begin your sabbatical. You spend the flight to Los Angeles reading "Reengineering the Corporation" by James Champy and Michael Hammer while you drink a Coke. If you know the name of Coca Cola's international employee publication distributed to 31,000 employees across the globe, add 75 bonus points to your score.

Reflecting on presidential trivia while you are waiting for your flight to Tokyo, you recall the name of the U.S. president who opened China. Add 100 points to your score if you know the name of the president and the year this occurred. Proceed to the gate and on to Japan. …

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