Team-based Simulations as “Multi-Dimensional Learning Platforms”

Article by Ken Thompson, 06 Apr 2017

One of the important benefits of team-based business simulations which is sometimes overlooked is the fact that, aside from the learning opportunities based on the knowledge directly embedded in the simulation, they can also act as great observatories of human behaviour.

Simulation participants tend to very quickly forget it is just a simulation, and any prior resolutions they made about being on their best behaviours, and act exactly as they would in totally live situations which provides a wealth of useful information for a team coach or facilitator.

So as well as looking at the direct learning from the specific subject area of the simulation we should also consider the indirect dimensions of learning the simulation can be a “platform” for including:

  1. Working in Teams
  2. Individual Styles
  3. Facilitation and Role Plays
  4. Market Updates and Reacting to Change/Crises.

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Ken Thompson

Ken is a practitioner, author and speaker on leadership, collaborative working, high performing teams, change management, project management and business acumen. His work has featured in major publications including The Guardian , Wired Magazine, The Huffington Post and The Henry Ford Magazine. Ken has also spoken at many international events including TEDx, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Learn Tech (London) and NASA.

Ken is Managing Director of Business Simulations Ltd.

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