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Modifying Popular Board Games to Illustrate Complex Strategic Concepts: A Comparison With a Professional Computer Simulation

Modifying Popular Board Games to Illustrate Complex Strategic Concepts: A Comparison With a Professional Computer Simulation
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Author(s): Scott Gallagher (James Madison University, USA), David Cavazos (James Madison University, USA) and Steven Harper (James Madison University, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 9
Source title: Gaming and Simulations: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-195-9.ch604

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Abstract

Simulations can be powerful tools in helping students learn about strategic management. This chapter discusses the value of simulations in helping to illustrate the importance of contingency, the impossibility of a perfect strategy, planning ahead, and aligning internal resources to external environments in strategic management classes. The authors also discuss the benefits that simulations can offer in going beyond the book and class, being interesting, and the importance of instrumentality in facilitating student learning. This chapter then compares self reported student learning results for each of these variables for two simulations, a professionally packaged simulation and a “home-brewed” one based on a popular board game. The authors expected the professional simulation to do better on every variable except instrumentality. Surprisingly, the “home-brewed” simulation scored better on most of the dimensions. Therefore, they conclude by encouraging management educators to aggressively explore their instincts for simulation learning opportunities.

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