GGAA 2013 GGAA 2013

Gaming Special Session

Special Session :
Gaming and Simulation in Operations Management Teaching

Tuesday, 11th June 11:00 to 12:30

Sign up now! This is a hands-on session where delegates get to play an online simulation game – the Global Supply Chain Simulation from Harvard Business Publishing – in advance of the special session. The game and the experience of playing it will be the centrepiece of the panel discussion. It requires no prior experience or training – the HBP website provides all the necessary and guidance to just dive in and play. Places are limited and issued on a first come first serve basis.

This special session will focus on the theory and application of experiential learning using games in the teaching of Operations Management. Games are widely used at both undergraduate and Master’s level, the best known being The Beer Game, developed in MIT in the 1960’s. With readily available technology and computing power, games and simulations have become increasingly complex, but there is a lack of understanding of the pedagogy underlying their use. This is a valuable opportunity to explore the theory behind experiential learning, the content of Operations Management curricula where games are applicable and the range of games available, both hands-on and computer-based. The panel members are Dr Aidan Seery, TCD School of Education; Prof Barbara Flynn, Kelley School of Business, Indiana; Prof Mark M. Davis, Bentley University, Massachusetts; Dr Alistair Brandon-Jones, Manchester Business School.