Board wargames for decision making research

Cooper, Dale F. and Klein, Jonathan (1980) Board wargames for decision making research. European Journal of Operational Research, 5, (1), 36-41. (doi:10.1016/0377-2217(80)90071-5).


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This paper discusses some aspects of a game for research into decision making. From our experience with commercial board wargames, we identify six requirements for a research game, and three requirements for its control. The Organisational Control Game, a wargame which we have developed, is shown to satisfy the requirements. The Superior Commander system is used to control the game, and the importance of the dummy task is discussed. We conclude that commercial board wargames can be adapted to examine decision making scientifically, we offer some guidelines for game development, and we consider extensions to other contexts, particularly those related to business games.

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/0377-2217(80)90071-5
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 42678
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Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:15

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