The Beer Game Complete Board Game Set.
The Beer Game was developed to introduce students, managers and executives to concepts of System Dynamics. The purpose of the game is to illustrate the key principle that structure produces behavior. Players experience the pressures of playing a role in a complex system and can see long range effects during the course of the game. Each player participates as a member of a team that must meet its customers’ demands. The object of the game is to minimize the total cost for your team. This is a complete set. Individual parts may also be purchased.
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DescriptionComplete Game Set of the Beer Game. The Beer Game was developed to introduce students, managers and executives to concepts of system dynamics. The purpose of the game is to illustrate the key principle that structure produces behavior. Players experience the pressures of playing a role in a complex system and can see long range effects during the course of the game. Each player participates as a member of a team that must meet its customers’ demands. The object of the game is to minimize the total cost for your team. In the structured debriefing that follows it, the game illustrates a number of insights about management systems that generalize well beyond inventories. To play and debrief the game takes a minimum of just over two hours. The debriefing is the most important part of the game. Each game board accommodates up to 8 players (4 pairs) comfortably. Additional boards may be purchased for a larger group. If assistance is needed in facilitating the playing of the game, request a skilled facilitator in your area here. One complete educational “Beer Game” set consists of a 30″ X 100″ vinyl game board, customer order cards, order slips, pencils, 600 plastic game chips, and electronic access to the following: instructions for leading and debriefing the game, an informational video showing the game being played at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the direction of Professor John Sterman, and supporting articles. The cost of one complete set is US$150, plus shipping. Items can also be purchased separately. We offer regular and express shipping options nationally and internationally. We prefer to fill orders upon receipt of payment but will invoice. Acceptable methods of payment include credit card, (international) money order, or a check made out in US dollars, drawn on a US bank, payable to the System Dynamics Society. International orders: All duties (customs) and taxes are paid by the recipient upon delivery. NY and MA customers must pay sales tax or provide a tax-exempt form.
- For more information, the following articles discuss the deep insights related to System Dynamics that this experiential learning game bring to light:
- MIT’s ‘Beer Game’ Shows Humans are Weakest Link in Supply Chains, Bloomberg Businessweek, 2021
- What MIT’s Beer Game Teaches About Panic Hoarding, Bloomberg, 2021
- Online Game Lets You Experience the Supply-Chain Crunch through Beer Sales, NPR, 2021
- MIT's 'Beer Game' Explains Panic's Impact, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2021
- How to Soften the Bullwhip Effect, The New York Times, 2021
|Dimensions||30 × 6 × 6 in|
|The Beer Game Items||
Board Only, Customer Order Cards, Experienced Customer Order Cards, Plastic Game Chips (600 counts), Order Slips (10 sets), Instructions, DVD (circle PAL or NTSC format)
Complete Game Set, Board Set