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Ways business simulations can be used for management development and business training.

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This page lists the common ways business simulations are used by business and bullet points the reasons why simulations are used in this way, For each we provide a link to a page detailing why a simulation is used in this way, list some suitable simulations and the issues associated with the use simulations. (This information based on Jeremy Hall's Churchill Fellowship Study and my book SIMULATION: Virtual Business Experience). A chapter describing this in detail is available from here.

As I have hade extensive experience with all these uses please ask for advice.

Training Uses

Link to Course Finale details

COURSE FINALE

  • INTEGRATE THE COURSE
  • EXPLORE BUSINESS DYNAMICS
  • REVISE, REVIEW AND REINFORCE
  • ACT AS AN ENDING "EXAM"
  • STIMULATE AND EXCITE
  • PROVIDE A MEMORABLE "HIGHLIGHT"
  • This links you to details about using a simulation as a Course Starter

    COURSE STARTER

  • BREAK DOWN INHIBITIONS
  • BUILD THE "TEAM"
  • RAISE EXPECTATIONS
  • ASSESS PRIOR LEARNING
  • ASSESS TRAINING NEEDS
  • This link provides you with details of using a simulation as a Course Theme

    COURSE THEME

  • LINK THEORY WITH PRACTICE
  • PROVIDE A CHANGE OF PACE
  • CONTINUOUSLY TEST UNDERSTANDING
  • INTEGRATES THE PROGRAMME
  • PROVIDE RESULT ORIENTED LEARNING
  • This link provided information about using a simulation to Reinforce Learning

    TO REINFORCE A TOPIC

  • REINFORCE LEARNING
  • TEST UNDERSTANDING
  • ADDRESS QUANTITATIVE ISSUES
  • EXPLORE BUSINESS DYNAMICS
  • CHANGE PACE
  • STIMULATE
  • COMPLEMENT CASE STUDIES
  • This links to information about using a simulation as a Break

    AS A BREAK

  • SEPARATE TWO PHASES
  • OVERCOME THE ENERGY GAP
  • TEST UNDERSTANDING
  • BE USED AT THE WEEKEND!
  • OR MID-WEEK
  • This linkls to information about using a simulation as a Stand-alone activity

    STAND ALONE

  • INTEGRATE PREVIOUS LEARNING
  • TEST PREVIOUS LEARNING
  • SHARE KNOWLEDGE
  • CHALLENGE UNDERSTANDING
  • REVISE PRIOR LEARNING
  • Other Uses

    This links to information about using a simulation at a Business Conference

    CONFERENCE GAMES

  • TEAM WORKING
  • PROBLEM SOLVING
  • DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS
  • BUSINESS ORIENTATION
  • PROFIT EMPHASIS
  • SAFE!
  • STIMULATING & MOTIVATING
  • DEVELOPS COMPETITION
  • ASSESS SKILLS
  • This links to information about using simulation on Assessment/Development Centres

    DEVELOPMENT/ASSESSMENT CENTRES

  • TEST BUSINESS "SENSE"
    • Business Sense
    • Decision Making
    • Vigour
    • Perceptive Listening
    • Flexibility
    • Administrative Ability
    • Analytical Ability
  • HIGHLY INVOLVING
  • REDUCE PRESSURE
  • HAVE A LEARNING DIMENSION
  • This links to information about using simulation for Spare Time/Distance Learning

    SPARE TIME LEARNING

  • LEARNING IS IMPROVED & REFRESHED
  • KNOWLEDGE IS SHARED
  • TEAMS ARE BUILT AND MIXED
  • TUTORING IS MINIMISED
  • TRAINING COSTS ARE LOWER
  • This links to information about using simulation during Graduate Recruiting

    GRADUATE RECRUITMENT

    • APPRECIATE BUSINESS
    • BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ORGANISATION

    and the organisation to:

    • ASSESS THE PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES
    This links to information about using simulations as Promotional Contests

    PROMOTIONAL CONTEST

  • BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH BUSINESS CUSTOMERS
  • PROVIDE A DIFFERENT TYPE OF SPONSORSHIP
  • SPECIFICALLY TARGET BUSINESS PEOPLE
  • SPONSOR A PRESTIGIOUS EVENT
  • For each the main reasons for use are listed and discussed. Example or examples of actual use are provided. Practical issues are listed and practicalities discussed based.

    Although each section is designed to stand alone, it may be useful to read the "Course Finale" section first.

    SUITABLE BUSINESS SIMULATIONS

    Simulations should be chosen to match their content with development objectives and the time available. (To help each use is linked to a list of suitable simulations.)

    For one-week courses, typically from half to a day is budgeted and suitable simulations range in complexity from simple to intermediate. For general management simulations, the number of decisions made each period range from three or four (simple) to between nine and a dozen (intermediate).

    For two-week or longer courses the budget is between one day and two and a half days. So, intermediate to complex simulations can be used. Complex simulations involve making a score or more decisions each period.

    This links to using simulations as a course finale.
    1999 Jeremy J. S. B. Hall

    Most recent update: 15/04/12
    Hall Marketing, Studio 11, Colman's Wharf, 45 Morris Road, London E14 6PA, ENGLAND
    Phone +44 (0)20 7537 2982 E-mail jeremyhall@simulations.co.uk   Skype: simulations1