Round 1 Strategy:
First we found out what resources we had, grouped them into matching pieces, and decided which puzzle we wanted to work on. We decided on the “American Dog” puzzle. We put as many pieces together as we could of all the different puzzles, to see what kind of bargaining power we had.
Then we began to trade one piece at a time to other groups, trying to scope out who had the most of our pieces. As Jerome, our exporter/importer, brought back more of our pieces, we completed more of our puzzle. We decided to have just one designated exporter/importer so that it would lessen confusion. We also thought that this would be more efficient because then Jerome could get as much information about the market in the other “countries” as possible.
Chad also tried to make alliances with other groups, making short-term deals to benefit our group.
It was hard to trade with just one piece at a time, there was no bargaining power and too much chaos. But, we think it was a good idea to have just one person communicate with the other groups, because he knew what everyone had.
Round 2 Strategy:
Chad was still our expatriate, since he already had a good knowledge of the whole market. At this point, there was some more sophisticated trading going on, since groups knew what they needed. Chad would sometimes trade some of our pieces to a country for pieces that other groups needed, and then go to those third countries for our pieces.
Two of the groups were working on the same puzzle, so it made trading harder, since we had a lot of pieces from the 6th puzzle that no one needed. It was easier though because he could work on our puzzle at the other groups.
Round 3 Strategy:
We chose Erik to be a part of the International Joint Venture (IJV). We kept Chad as the expatriate, since he still had the most knowledge of what the other groups had. Anne, Kara, and Allie stayed and worked on our puzzle.
Erik took our pieces for the 6th puzzle with...