Business Simulation versions to match your learning needs
Versions ensure that a business simulation meets your exact needs effectively and efficiently.
Besides providing a wide range of different business simulations addressing different learning needs for different industries, to focus in on your needs further we normally provide each in a range of versions. This page explains why and provides examples.
The diagram to the right shows how versions of the same business simulation might spread across Needs and Scope. Each dark blue circle represents the learning provided by the simulation and the red circle the learning desired. For efficient learning the overlap between the two must to be substantial. If there is a mismatch between the circles then learning will be compromised and to avoid this different versions of the same simulation must be developed taking into account:
Below is information about the characteristics of the standard versions that I provide. But, as versions are added based on customer demand any specific simulation will not have all versions available but if needed they can be provided. The descriptions below are provided to help prospective users decide whether they need a special version and if so which would be appropriate.
This is the entry level version of the simulation. It is designed to be used in the majority of training situations by trainers with little or no experience of simulation and where time is at a premium. As this is the basic simulation, this version is available for a majority of simulations.
This is slightly more complex than the Classic Version involving extra decisions and producing extra reports. So, it is designed for more experienced managers or where a little more time is available.
The complexity of this simulation increases throughout the business simulation. This version is especially useful where the simulation is used as a course theme where new issues are progressively introduced and explored. Usually, the new issues are introduced through additional reports. So, for example, profit/investment centres are introduced through reports that look at how each product/market sector generates profit (and cash) and uses assets. And these reports are introduced about halfway through the simulation. Besides introducing new reports, some simulations are provided where additional decisions are introduced as the simulation progresses. And, to differentiate these from the standard progressive version we will be referring to these as PROGRESSIVE +. As the use of simulations spread across a course is popular and the progressive paradigm enables the greatest learning to be packed into available time, most of our most popular simulations are available in this version.
This version is especially designed for where the simulation is used as part of an assessment/development centre. From the participants' viewpoint, the simulation is the same as the Classic version. However, a special series of team commentaries are produced to help the assessors identify participants' strengths and weaknesses and the issues they should be addressing. Because of their popularity for use on assessment/development centres, most of our Challenge Series are available in this version.
This is the most complex of all the versions of the simulations with all decisions and results introduced from the beginning. This version is designed for the most expert user with the most demanding of needs.
This is a special fun version of the simulation for use at company conferences. However, besides being fun, it provides team building with a business success focus and so differs from other team building activities (such as building bridges across alligator infested rivers or absailing down the Empire State Building). Normally, because of the demands placed on the organiser (and because why should you have all the fun) this version is run by ourselves for you!
This is the entry level version of the simulation for use in schools. It is similar to the classic version of the simulation designed to be used by teachers with little or no experience of simulation and where time is at a premium. To encourage enterprise and entrepreneurship these simulations are available at a large discount or free provided they are only used with full time school pupils.
This is more complex than the Student Version and is designed for use in universities. It is similar to the Progressive Version but with an extensive documentation pack allowing for the minimum of teaching support. To encourage enterprise and entrepreneurship these simulations are available at a large discount provided they are only used with full time university students.
Besides these different levels of complexity, the simulations can be provided in different languages and we can provide specially sponsored and branded editions.
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