RealGame Networked Businesses shows how a business organization is always in interplay with its partners and its environment – the suppliers, customers and competitors. This RealGame program illustrates the dynamism, challenges, and inter-dependencies of companies in a cross-organizational supply chain. The importance of balancing different phases of supply chain is emphasized. A key goal is to balance these phases to produce overall process efficiency and productivity.
Teams of 2-4 participants operate as either sub-producers of components or manufacturers of end products. These two types of companies are inter-dependent as they operate in different phases along the supply chain.
Central learning point in Networked Businesses is to avoid functional sub-optimization. Instead, each team needs to look at their supply chain from a holistic perspective. Each phase in the supply chain has an important role in creating company productivity and profitability.
RealGame Networked Businesses is especially to professionals who
- have responsibility for monitoring or managing a supply chain
- want to strengthen their overall supply chain understanding
- want to be prepared to take part in discussions with different internal and external stakeholders along the supply chain