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The anatomy of a business game


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  • Edman, Jan

    (Department of Business)

  • Ståhl, Ingolf

    (Dept. of Business Administration, Stockholm School of Economics)

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    We describe in detail a business game, which has been used extensively in education for a decade. Although the business game is smaller than other games, it is fairly realistic as it includes decisions on investments, production, prices, and advertising. Furthermore, the game has dynamic properties, in that decisions and financial states of the firms carry over from one period to the next. There are not many such detailed descriptions of business games, although this is in demand. Such a complete mathematical description lays ground not only for alterations of the game, but also for developments of new games. It can also provide a link to models used in micro-economic theory.

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    Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Business Administration with number 2002:8.

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    Length: 21 pages
    Date of creation: 04 Jun 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:hhb:hastba:2002_008

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    Keywords: Business games; learning; microeconomics; modeling; science of simulation/gaming;

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    1. Shubik, Martin, 1975. "Oligopoly Theory, Communication, and Information," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 65(2), pages 280-83, May.
    2. George J. Stigler, 1968. "Price and Non-Price Competition," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 76, pages 149.
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    1. Margaret L. Usdansky, 2003. "Single-Parent Families and Their Impact on Children: Changing Portrayals in Popular Magazines in the U.S., 1900-1998," Working Papers 952, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing..


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