How Winners learn!

Are you on searching for an innovative approach to HR development? A new form of training perhaps? Well, in that case, you’ve come to the right place.

Welcome to the website dedicated to the educational management games devised by the Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation. Learning through simulation enables participants to apply their existing knowledge and to work with other players to make decisions that are subsequently evaluated by a simulator. The findings are then presented in the form of a report. Identifying the reasons why a certain result has been attained, recognising correlations and ultimately being able to interpret the results are core learning experiences that are built into all our simulations. The upshot: players are able to expand their existing knowledge, discuss alternative solutions in a team and actually get to apply what they have learned.

This means that newly acquired skills can be used immediately in the next round of simulations. And it’s possible for players to learn through their mistakes, too. But, in contrast to real life, it’s only virtual capital that is at stake here!

What makes simulation so special is that players are able to apply their practical and theoretical know-how.  Furthermore, all of our training courses harness and build on people’s innate instinct to play. This combination of practice-oriented learning and an inherent motivation to win is what makes our educational management games so successful.



Example: Excerpt from one of our simulations

The following scenario is taken from a round in one of our games: The members of a group analyse the business forecast based on a set of economic data. As they realise that all the signs seem to be pointing to an economic downturn, the players start to become agitated. Especially since the previous phase of the game had been geared to a growth strategy. So, what should they do now? They need to rein in the costs. In the branch network maybe? But what impact will this have on the company’s performance capacity? And to add to it all, the players have just been informed there is a case of corruption in the bank - in the game this is referred to as an ‘incident’. A glance at the other groups shows that they too are busily engaged in discussions about the delicate situation. The facilitator goes round the various groups, answering any questions they might have; e.g.  ‘Is it a good idea to lower interest for customers in the large-scale loan segment?’

The time allocated for group decision-making is over quickly – or so it seems. The decisions reached by each group are saved on a USB stick and fed into the master system. In an instant the programme computes the key parameters and compiles reports, replete with tables and graphs. The facilitator takes a quick look at the results, the room goes quiet…the presentation can begin. Which group has clinched this round? Winning, however, is not necessarily a question of achieving the highest rate of return! Other criteria, such as the corporate image that has been built up, the level of growth, innovative drive or the risks involved, are also taken into account before a group can win a round in this game…..



The development of business games has been funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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