Interpretive’s marketing 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 marketing 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.
The simulation is terrific in that it provides class members the opportunity to experience the role of a Marketing manager – considering all of the aspects of leading a brand – both internal factors (4Ps) and also the external environment with the ability to purchase marketing research and track the results of competitors. The simulation doesn’t just reinforce the topics we cover in class; rather by involving students in the decisions, the simulation provides both a rational and emotional connection which will yield in longer term benefits in subsequent classes and their careers.
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.
We decided to use BizCafe as a project that we believed would provide the students the opportunity to work in cross-cultural teams and also give them some practical business experience. BizCafe didn't disappoint….The BizCafe game was great because it was very easy to administer and provided a great way to deliver the key concepts of Introduction to Business in a very practical manner.
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.
Thanks for all of the work that you and others on the team put in throughout this term, in my books it is impossible for the other simulations to compete with you.
The simulation was fantastic. My students learned so much more than would have in a typical class. The support was great! Thanks so much. If I teach this class again I’ll definitely be using your software.
As always, thanks for the great support! It’s always great working with everyone at Interpretive!
You have assisted GREATLY! Thank you so much! It has been a while since I did this simulation and although I am a little rusty, I realize why this is such a GREAT PROGRAM! Again, thanks to you and all those GREAT PEOPLE at Interpretive Simulation!
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.
Your team is really great, and I can't express how much I appreciate your support. It makes my job much easier.