Activities and Simulations
Powerpoint. Professor Carole Barnett, Whittemore School
of Business, University of New Hampshire, has had
considerable success with an activity that asks students to
develop and teach from their own Powerpoint slides.
- Power Simulation. A
brief but engaging and usually powerful simulation that
creates a three-tier society stratified by status and
- The Organization
Simulation. A highly-involving simulation activity with
a focus on issues of structure, power, politics, and
leadership. It descends from the Power Simulation, but is
different in that the organization has a product to produce,
and there is a client to whom the organization might sell
the product. It is usually a pretty good demonstration of
how tough it can be to get close to the customer while
trying to keep your organization running at the same time.
Monarchs, Lords and Serfs. A short reading that
describes many of the system dynamics that are likely to
occur in the Power Simulation or the Organization
Simulation. We normally assign it in advance -- it doesn't
seem to alter the play of the simulation very much, but it
often helps people see parallels between their simulation
experience and ideas in the reading.
Quality Housing. A relatively short and simple, but
involving team exercise. Teams design and produce housing
(using cards, tape and markers) in a competitive context.
Walking Mediation. Bo Tep, of Saint Mary's College and
Santa Clara University, contributed this short paper
describing his teaching approach to the four-frames. It
includes a "walking meditation" activity using a
lift-move-place-pause rhythm aligned with the four frames.