Interpretive’s management simulations start with a case that defines the environment and scenario. Students deal with real world products with which they will be familiar. Throughout the simulation, students will enter a series of decisions for each period, and both instructors and students can monitor their results in comparative reports.
All of our management simulations provide enough decision rounds for students to see the outcomes of their decisions, strategy, and/or plan. Students will have all the information they’ll need within the simulation to make their decisions.
Airline simulation not only tests critical thinking skills but offers my students team building in a simulated environment that transitions very well into their current or future career positions. Airline simulation allows my students to learn and respect cross functional business disciplines that are part of a university’s business curriculum, such as accounting, marketing, operations and strategic management.
The most important part of a simulation is experiencing the outcomes of decisions that they would not otherwise experience without the simulation. Good or bad, students gain an understanding of the consequences of their decisions and are empowered by the results they generate. Even if the aftermath of a given round is not particularly successful, it provides an engaging and often riveting opportunity to diagnose what went wrong and correct these errors. This would not be possible without living through the highs and lows of consecutive rounds of decision making using Country Manager. The simulation brings the material to life, makes my students excited to learn and apply their knowledge in this highly realistic industry environment.
Country Manager provides, through an experiential learning platform, an immersion into the role and responsibilities of marketing and brand managers. From a department perspective, the Country Manager experience has increased the marketing acumen of our average MBA student and has also has resulted in a greater number of students who express an interest in pursuing a marketing career. Working with Interpretive has been delightful. Their support staff has been super- their response time to correct student issues has been remarkable and have exceeded my expectation on all “service” dimensions.
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Students overwhelmingly like this simulation. Their enthusiasm was so strong, that this year, I decided to increase the simulation period from six weeks to eight weeks. The support from Interpretive is outstanding. This simulation is one of the most useful tools I have available to me as an instructor.
The simulation is excellent and is one way I’ve found to pull the importance of cross-functionality in business into every decision. It definitely helps students have a better understanding.
Students have the opportunities to take on leadership roles and to learn about team processes in an experiential fashion. As an instructor, I can focus on one-on-team and one-on-one coaching; this creates an effective learning environment and a virtuous circle where we share our knowledge and enthusiasm.
I have been using an Interpretive Simulation at both the undergraduate and the graduate level at the University of Connecticut for a number of years. I think every semester the students have walked away with knowledge and practical application of the concepts that will serve them well as they pursue their careers. The vast majority of my students have stated that the simulation made their education more real for them and they learned more about how things worked in the “real” world. In many cases, they did not want the simulation to be over. I like the simulation and all it brings to the educational experience of the students.
The most valuable overarching unique experience students get with engaging in StratSimManagement is learning to connect the dots. At the end of each semester, they often express their appreciation for the complexity, inter-connectedness, and dynamism of running a multi-billion-dollar enterprise set in the auto industry. The manner in which varying planning cycles, resource allocations, and demand generation processes intersect is the most challenging, and rewarding aspect of immersing themselves in the simulation.
I have found the Interpretive Simulation experience to be a catalyst for team members to interact with one another in and out of class. I also believe it has contributed to their social development, which is critical for freshmen, most of whom are on their own for the first time.