RUNNING “THE BEER DISTRIBUTION GAME” FOR LARGE CLASSES
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AbstractThe Beer Distribution Game is a supply chain simulation renowned for both its valuable learning experience and its extensive administrative challenges. Although computer based alternatives are easier to administer, they inhibit the optimal learning opportunities provided by the manual game. Lessons learned from years of running the manual game for 400 undergraduate students, which has enabled a significant reduction of both the cost and challenges of administering the game, are described. Five key do‟s and don‟ts are provided in addition to extensive evidence of teaching effectiveness.
Permission to use material from Decision Sciences Institute Annual Proceedings Permission is hereby granted for Jaydeep Balakrishnan, Ph.D. to use material from Snider, B., Balakrishnan, J., da Silveira, G. " Lessons Learned from Running “The Beer Distribution Game” for Large Classes", Proceedings of Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Forty-First Annual Meeting, San Diego CA, November 2010. pp. 3251-3258. Within the University of Calgary Library System (Prism) See attached letter of permission to use material