BioLife | Wicked Problems
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BioLife | Wicked Problems

The BioLife Wicked Problems LiveCase creates a lively scenario in which to explore, examine and reflect on leadership and group dynamics under pressure.

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The BioLife Wicked Problems LiveCase creates a lively scenario in which to explore, examine and reflect on leadership and group dynamics under pressure. At BioLife, a leading-edge CRISPR (gene editing) biotech startup, a breakthrough anti-aging drug holds great promise for the company and its parent firm Pharma Solutions. However, as the launch of the drug, Xanformin, approaches, events at BioLife begin to spin out of control, centering around the controversial activities of the scientist who led the drug development. At the outset of the LiveCase, Learners are divided into two groups: the BioLife C-Suite executives, who grapple with events as they unfold, and the 'Observers' who maintain a watchful presence, assessing the actions and group dynamics of the C-Suite. In this way, the C-Suite executives experience the additional pressure of leadership 'under the microscope,' while the Observers must critically assess the performance of their colleagues as they work together to chart a course through uncertainty, chaos and conflict. The LiveCase combines immersive, interactive storytelling using the LiveCase web application with group activities, tasks and role plays to keep Learners engaged, challenged and entertained. For Educators, the story that unfolds combines with the C-Suite-Observers' dynamic to provide rich material for stimulating debrief sessions and an intense, memorable learning experience. Particularly suited to MBA and executive learning programs, it can be conducted in person or online. BioLife was co-authored by INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Organizational Behavior Derek Deasy and INSEAD Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship Antoine Duvauchelle.

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Written by the LiveCase Studio, Derek Deasy, and Antoine Duvauchelle


S1 Season 1

Leadership opportunity with the launch of a pioneering new drug.

E1: Onboarding (individual)

Immersion into your roles as C-Suite Executives and Leadership Development Observers helping BioLife C-develop a new CRISPR-based anti-aging drug

E2: Welcome to your first day! (individual)

Chance to meet everyone.

E3: What happened to the monkeys? (group)

You discover new information as you try to uncover the source of the issues.

E4: What do we do about Brenda? (individual)

The situation seems to be getting worse as you have to think about what to tell the press (if anything)

E5: World was on fire (group)

Ignited and blazing.

E6: Reflections (individual)

Time to take stock.

E7: Feedback (individual)

Hear, Listen, Speak.

S2 Season 2

E1: Your re-immersion in BioLife (individual)

Pioneering new CRISPR drugs and trial methods!

E2: BioLife in the hot seat... (individual)

It's all about positioning.

E3: Trial by trial (group)

Should we continue and how.

E4: Changing Winds (individual)

Pharma Solutions sends someone to help.

E5: Into the fire (group)

How much sizzle can one take.

E6: Reflections (individual)

Time to take stock.

E7: The Verdict (individual)

Decision time


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