business simulation "off-the-peg"
This page is
explores whether or not it is appropriate to use an
Like buying a suit to wear, using
an off-the-peg business simulation will be the quickest and
cheapest solution to your learning needs. Our comprehensive
range coupled with the different versions of the simulations
means that there is a good chance that we will have something off-the-peg
The main issues associated with
choosing an off-the-peg business simulation are:
- 1. Industry
- The simulation to be used should reflect
the issues and structures of your industry. So, for
instance if you are in a service industry then a manufacturing simulation will not deliver as effective
learning as a service based simulation and will not be seen as relevant by the learners. (This is
analogous to expecting men to wear a woman's suit or visa
versa!) However, this is not to say that the simulation
should attempt to replicate your business exactly, as
this will result in a too complex simulation where
delegates can always say "but it is not quite like
- 2. Prior Learning, Experience and
- The simulation should be appropriate to
the delegates' prior learning, experience and maturity.
Probably it is not appropriate to use a simulation
exploring business strategy with junior managers as they
will just not have the knowledge or capability to handle
the issues raised. Similarly, for senior managers a
simple business appreciation simulation will not
challenge them enough (unless run at in an accelerated
way). (This is analogous to being forced to wear a suit
when you are a tee-shirt and jeans type!) The page Prior Learning Waste explores prior learning needs in more detail.
- 3. Duration
- For every simulation that we provide we
specify the duration. This is because duration is highly
correlated with complexity and if the two are not matched
participants will learn nothing. So you should not use a
complex simulation in an abbreviated way as this
will overload delegates. Equally, extending the duration (without adding extra activities) will not provide a
sufficient challenge. (This is analogous to trying to
wear a suit two sizes too small or too big - although
in the latter case you can pad it or eat a lot!)
- 4. Issues
- Your business may be facing particular issues that need to be addressed by an existing simulation. and you should check that the simulation you choose addresses these.
To ensure the greatest flexibility in our off-the-peg simulations most are available in several versions.
Remember that you can always ask for our advice and suggestions.
If your learning needs are reasonably standard then we will have a
simulation for you. And, usually, as when buying a suit, we can adjust it for you for a reasonable cost.
© 2004 Jeremy J. S. B. Hall
Most recent update: 23/11/14
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