Growing Strong Team Players and Communicators

Simulations can aid students in developing the skills needed to effectively work, communicate, and problem-solve as a team, both now and in their future careers.

Effective teamwork is a vital skill for students to master as they move forward in their lives and careers! If you choose to have your students play a simulation in teams, it can enrich their learning experience and provide an excellent opportunity to practice collaborating well with others.
When running their simulated business as a member of a team, students must learn to communicate clearly, listen well, and capitalize on the strengths of each teammate in order to succeed.
The students were put to the tests of time management, effective communication, and teamwork. Optimizing the functional (finance, marketing, HR, executive, etc.) area strengths of each team member enabled consistent synergy in making impactful decisions.

Dr. Dave Hinkes, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and user of our Strategy Simulations StratSimMarketing and Airline.

Identifying and making the most of each other’s unique capabilities is essential to building an effective team, and the variety of decision areas and challenges involved in a simulation provides an ideal platform for students to practice those skills.
The team environment also encourages thinking outside the box and exposes students to perspectives they may have otherwise overlooked, as Kerri Shields, professor at Centennial College and user of our simulation BizCafe, notes:
Working in teams allows students to hear different perspectives, consider different ideas, and compare their individual choices to that of the group. They support decisions with rationale and are accountable for their group’s decisions.

Kerri Shields, Professor at Centennial College and user of our simulation BizCafe

This exposure to the opinions and approaches of others helps students to reflect on their own assumptions and instincts and be prepared to intelligently defend their reasoning for their choices.
Our hope is that each student who participates in a team simulation experience walks away not only with a firmer grasp on key business concepts but also as a stronger team player and collaborator. If you have any questions about how to set your students up for success in team play, please feel free to reach out to our support team at!
Our thanks to Dr. Dave Hinkes ( and Prof. Kerri Shields (LinkedIn)for their contribution to this article!
Sarah Schmitz bio:
Sarah has been with Interpretive since 2014, shortly after graduating from James Madison University with a degree in communications and writing. Her primary role is in the support department as a customer relationship specialist, where she works closely with faculty to help the simulation experience run smoothly in their courses. Additionally, she also enjoys the opportunity to apply her writing and editorial skills in different areas at Interpretive, including blog posts, marketing materials, video scripts, and more. A Virginia native turned Midwesterner, Sarah currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband.