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"Thanks for your software (...) the game was a full success. Students seemed to enjoy it and many students even asked if we could play again next week so they seem to like your overall game design. As do I btw, the design is by far the best I have seen so far. Good animations to explain the goods movements and also the options to change the settings are really helpful."

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The aim of this portal is to demonstrate the idea and usage of the so-called beer distribution game (or beergame) in University teaching and management education.

The beergame is a role-play simulation game that lets students experience typical coordination problems of (traditional) supply chains, in which information sharing and collaboration does not exist. In more general terms, this supply chain represents any non-coordinated system in which problems arise due to lack of systemic thinking.

As a way of facilitating the beergame in a class room, training or workshop situation, we have developed an innovative beergame facilitation software, which allows not only replicating the classic beergame, but also to manipulate various parameters of the game, thus providing participants with ways to experience the differences between uncoordinated supply chains and those with information sharing and coordination.

More specifically, with this portal I want to demonstrate how the beergame can be used to provide students with a more profound understanding of the reasons why information technologies are used in contemporary supply chains.

To this end, I introduce the beergame, demonstrate its use in a classroom setting, and show how the game can be embedded in a typical B2B eCommerce syllabus.

Moreover, I provide some useful resources: 1) materials for facilitating the classic table version of the game, 2) links to other beergame resources on the web, and 3) last but not least our beergame facilitation software can be used free of charge in educational contexts! Feel free contact me!

Now, please enjoy,

Kai Riemer
The software

Our beergame facilitation software is available free of charge for use in higher education. A license can be obtained here.

60 countries!

Our beergame facilitation software has now been distributed more than 600 times to institutions in over 60 countries on five continents. Thanks to all for your interest and valuable feedback! (August 2015)


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