Learning by Doing: Online Simulations &
The interactivity of the web creates an ideal
environment to help student learn and apply business concepts and decision
making skills. We learn by doing -- while the links below are fun
games -- they are not mindless point-and-click activities.
Most of us don't have an opportunity to practice
business skills -- we learn them "on-the-fly" in the real world.
Mistakes can be costly -- competitive "real-world" businesses can be
Here's an example of a
newsletter I created to share
Lemonade Game. We use this to analyze data in MS Excel and
create data-driven decision models.
ALL links on this page with a SOUND ICON
can only be used with MUTE, headphones, or earbuds.
30 Days Honey
Be careful not to get ‘stung’ by rising and
falling honey prices – try to sell large amounts when the price is high.
You only have 30 game-days to do business, so you’d better ‘bee’ quick.
The goal is to run the airport as efficiently as
possible, in order to get the highest score.
Bear Dinner Restaurant
OK, so you play the role of a big happy brown bear
with your own restaurant. You are trying to save up enough money to go
on vacation, so you need to work as hard possible.
Keep customers happy by getting the right balance
between quality and price. You can adjust how sweet or creamy your
coffee is, and adjust the price accordingly.
This in-depth and intense game of good
organization and business administration is an extremely challenging
test of your patience, decision making skills, savvy business acumen,
and masterful managerial qualities.
You play the role of Anna and your mission is to
help your farmer Grandpa turn his farm into a bustling business success.
It’s time to get your hands dirty!
In each level, you must hit a virtual money
target by building and upgrading your stores, boutiques, and surrounding
Put your financial skills to the test with the
new 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Brazil-branded version of Visa's fast-paced,
multiple-choice question game (h/t Mr. Anderson).
Play this game and you will feel as owning an
aquarium. Fish Tycoon is a game that runs in real time, even when you
are not playing or when your computer is turned off.
This interesting and challenging tycoon game is a
good fun activity for practicing and testing out essential real-life
business skills such as good money management, shrewd decision making
and strategy planning, the ability to successfully motivate employees,
and general project management skills.
Grand Prix Tycoon
Here's an amazingly-detailed online management
activity requires you to make snap competitive decisions on the track as
well as shrewd administration decisions off of it! Money management and
profit making strategies also have to be taken into account as your
team’s “billionaire benefactor” keeps a close eye on your performance.
As well as the horse-trainer, you also play the
role of the jockey – you have to control your horse during each
increasingly difficult race.
This highly entertaining and interactive medieval
adventure is extremely detailed, and requires a great deal of patience,
dogged determination, and plenty of skill at managing resources and
This interesting entrepreneurial adventure
activity combines good time and money management requirements, strategic
planning, and quick reactions as you try to build the houses and
facilities that each area on your area on the map needs.
Lemonade Game. You're the boss. How much lemonade can you sell each day?
Here's a fun and interesting tycoon game should help to aid your ability
to multi-task, give you an appreciation of the intense pressures in the
real estate market, as well as test how well you perform under that
You have to be extremely careful though. Farmers
generally don’t like alien spaceships landing outside their barn. So,
make sure to quietly and carefully maneuver your spaceship so that you
don’t knock the cows over.
This fast-paced, role-playing management activity requires masterful
multi-tasking skills, tremendous time-keeping abilities, and a talent
for making snap decisions under pressure.
If you mess up the order or are too slow serving, the penguins get angry
and you lose custom. You need to be quick on your toes and fast with the
Real Estate Developer DMB
You’ll need to use solid money management skills & canny business acumen
in order to succeed in this educational decision-making activity for
older kids, teens and college students.
Record Shop Tycoon
From the positioning of your CD racks, to the specific genres of music –
every possible strategy has to be adjusted by you, the owner and brain
behind the enterprise!
You’ll need to be business savvy to succeed in this educational money
management and decision making activity for teens.
This innovative urban design and development game and online money
management activity proves a great business simulation exercise for any
young want-to-be entrepreneurs out there.
Smart Spa Shop
This fun and fast-paced business simulation game combines the needs of
classic customer service skills with good time and money management.
Start off selling fruit and vegetables – then upgrade to giant oil
fields and news corporations.
This manager role-playing game is very effective
in aiding your ability to multi-task, as well as testing how well you
work under pressure.
The first player to build a retail empire and
outwit the competition wins. Stock the best products, set the right
prices, and make a tidy profit.