SBM ITB, represented by the Decision Making and Strategic Negotiation (DMSN) interest group, together with SMA Taruna Nusantara, organized a System Thinking workshop to train students to act and think collaboratively. This activity was at Balairung Pancasila, Taruna Nusantara High School Campus, Magelang.

The workshop was opened with remarks by Prof. Utomo Sarjono Putro who conveyed the importance of collaboration skills for students. “This training aims to improve students’ collaborative leadership skills to face future challenges,” said Prof. Utomo Sarjono Putro Saturday (6/09/2022).

This activity was also fully supported by the Head of Taruna Nusantara High School, Major General TNI (Ret.) Tono Suratman. “I welcome and fully support this workshop because it is in line with one of the SMA Taruna Nusantara’s special curricula on Leadership and Management,” he said

SBM ITB routinely holds community service activities as a form of contribution to implementing the Tridharma of higher education ( teaching, research, and community service). One of them is through this System Thinking workshop which is in line with the mission of SBM-ITB to develop and disseminate knowledge of Business and Management.

In addition, this workshop activity was attended by students who are members of the OSIS and PK (Student Association) and also aims to assist the Indonesian government in creating a society with a strong, innovative, and competitive character.

SBM ITB provided material related to the role of the younger generation in responding to future challenges and the urgency of collaboration within the organization. One of the emphasized aspects is a collaborative and adaptive leadership character that can be developed through systems thinking skills.

To train these skills, SBM ITB not only provides material exposure but also through practice packaged with SODA games. Led by Dr. Manahan Siallagan, the SODA game, or “SODA GAME,” was adopted from the MIT Sloan Beer Game to train students’ skills in collaborating and designing strategies.

The game was played by forming six separate soda industry supply chain groups. Each group competes to formulate a strategy to achieve the lowest possible cost in the soda supply chain system. Each supply chain group is formed by four units that act as retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and manufacturers. At the end of the workshop, the students were given lessons learned that could be synthesized from the game.

This workshop activity also received a good response from the leadership and students from Taruna Nusantara High School.

“I hope that this workshop can be held regularly for students who will serve as OSIS and PK administrators so that they can have good leadership and managerial skills before carrying out their duties,” said Deputy Principal for student affairs at SMA TN, Major General TNI (Purn) Asrobudi, S.I.P., M.Si.

SMA Taruna Nusantara students also revealed that through this workshop, especially the SODA game session, it was easier for them to capture the essence of collaborative leadership from system thinking than just through theory.

For this workshop, the DMSN expertise group of SBM ITB consisting of 10 lecturers and assistants chaired by Prof. Utomo Sarjono Putro and Dr. Yos Sunitiyoso. Dr. Santi Novani and Dr. Manahan Siallagan are in charge of providing material and instructions for this game. Other facilitators, namely Shimaditya Nuraeni, Khrisna Ariyanto, Arfenia Nita, Adhya Rare Tiara, Valid Hasyimi, and Puteri Annisa, are tasked with facilitating participants in playing SODA games.

Written by DMSN team
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