Simulation Game – dealing with a virtual enterprise
A reflection on the value of simulation games focusing on running a virtual enterprise for developing entrepreneurial learning, based on the experiences of the Lewiatan Confederation (national organisation of Polish employers).
Purpose and process
Virtual management of a company or companies is a completely different way of stimulating education. In order to manage a company or a department such as Marketing or Personnel, it is necessary to acquire concrete knowledge. Without this, one cannot carry out further stages of the simulation. Depending on the level of ability and the needs of different students involved, it is possible to run a couple of 'virtual' companies in one class, each involving a different industrial sector and operating on different scales, e.g. a medium size company and a large, multinational enterprise, in order to see how their practices compare and contrast. In order for this form of education to be more attractive, virtual student companies can compete with one another on a provincial level or even at a national level. It could then become an internet game - which is the most favorite form of entertainment among today's youth!
From the employers' perspective, the most important action to take in order to develop future entrepreneurs (and other leaders in the community) is to ensure that students come in contact with different types of business practices.
Curricular or thematic relevance
Simulation games are suitable for integrating into the national curriculum and can add value to many subjects in upper secondary schools.
How to organise:
Can take place as a standalone enterprise project or as part of a longer project integrated within timetabled lessons; could also be an activity run as an extra-curricular enterprise or as part of a suspended timetable event.
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I agree, I always got the students this method in class. I used the TITAN, BIA. I don´t know about other interesting and appropriate computer simulations.