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.
I wanted to express my appreciation for the outstanding support provided by the staff at Interpretive Simulations. Whenever I had an issue; and there were more than I anticipated (all due to students); your team responded rapidly with clear instructions on how to resolve them.
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.
The simulation worked great for my class as it has for the past 5 years!! I can’t see ever teaching the HRM class without using the Interpretive simulation!
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.
The depth and the realism of the Country Manager simulation obliges them to collaborate continually, to integrate and discuss their marketing knowledge and perceptions, and to learn to have confidence in students from other cultures. They are at times very surprised to learn that different cultures think very differently about markets and marketing decisions. They would not have had such an opportunity to personally grow in a simple case analysis or term project.
With the simulation students start to understand how system works, instead of looking at each discipline in isolation. They realize the importance of environmental scanning and understanding what competition, government, and nature will do and how this will influence their business. Finally, the simulation points out to students that success does not happen overnight. They have to work hard and be persistent in their efforts in order to achieve their goals.
I used the Country Manager simulation last semester for the first time to teach a senior level International Marketing class. As teachers we tend to teach our students in a linear way, perhaps due to the fact that chapters in traditional text books are divided up by topic. One week we teach distribution, the next we teach cultural differences, the next pricing, etc. Using the simulation as the basis for the whole class enabled the students to get an understanding of how all the different variables interact and how important interdependent decision making becomes in the complex world of International marketing. It was a great experience for all concerned and I will be using it again next semester.
I have used PharmaSim in MBA classes for several years and found it a great method for enhanced and enriched learning. This is the first time using it with Undergrads and it turned out so well that I regret not using it sooner.
As a first time adopter of the simulation I could not be more impressed and delighted to receive this tremendous and timely assistance.
One of the most frequent questions in my intro marketing MBA class was “How can we apply material we are learning in real life?” To answer this question I used business cases, discussed real marketing problems that got coverage in mass media, brought guest speakers from local companies… Still I felt that the question was only partially answered for my students who did not have marketing experience. New Shoes simulation helped me to finally introduce experiential learning element in my class. New Shoes simulation is a good reflection of what marketers do in real life and I am very satisfied to use it in my class.