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Business Simulations vs. Traditional Business Education: How to Get the Highest Effectiveness?

Business simulations and traditional business education are both popular methods for teaching and learning about the business world. In this post, we'll explore the differences between these two approaches and determine which one is more effective for teaching and learning about business.

Business Simulations

Business simulations provide hands-on experience for students and allow them to apply what they've learned in authentic situations. By using virtual business data, real-time processing and real-life scenarios, students can see how their decisions affect the outcome of a business.

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Traditional Business Education

Traditional business classes are typically based on lectures, and focus on teaching theories, concepts and case studies. While this represents a structured approach, it may not provide students with the same level of hands-on experience as business simulations.

An important aspect regarding business education relates to students’ learning style. Some students may benefit more from hands-on experience, while others may prefer a more structured approach. And this raises a question whether these two approaches can be combined to create synergy?

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Can business simulations be included to traditional teaching?

Yes, business simulations can be combined to traditional business education. With business simulations, students get to apply theoretical concepts in a practical and experiential way that is created through interactive tools that simulate real-world business scenarios within a business simulation environment. At the same time, students acquire through lectures structured theoretical knowledge that helps them to work with real business data and to operate efficiently and effectively.

By incorporating business simulations into traditional business education, students can develop a deeper understanding of how business concepts and principles can be applied in practice. Simulations can also help students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, as they are required to make strategic decisions in a simulated business environment.

Additionally, simulations can provide a more engaging and interactive learning experience, which can enhance students’ motivation and retention of information. They also offer opportunities to collaborate and work in teams, which fosters communication, leadership and teamwork skills.

In conclusion, both business simulations and traditional business education are useful methods for teaching and learning about the business world, and combined they have synergies that enable students to become well-prepared for the work life.

This text was created by the RealGame Business Simulation team.

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RealGame is a Finnish business simulation provider. RealGame creates simulations based on decades of experience and latest academic research. Business simulations by RealGame are created by educators for educators with a purpose of providing hands-on experiences and an understanding of how supply chain operations evolve continuously, hour by hour. RealGame is unique in that it has a clock-driven operational mode, which allows for generating transaction-specific data for business analysis and strategic planning.

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