Simulation games give practice in strategy implementation, for practice requires action that games demand. In a game, as in life, success depends upon separating elements that matter from elements that do not matter.
A game involves both fictitious elements and real elements. The fictitious elements of a strategic-management simulation game are the attributes of the simulated business environment. The real elements are the players, their thoughts, feelings, and actions. To learn principles and skills that can be useful in everyday life, the player should accept the game’s fictitious elements as given, and work with the real elements to win in the game. Winning, the objective of every game, should not be overlooked, for the game is not worth playing when players do not try to win. Yet the reward of winning is incidental to its true purpose, which is for the players to learn strategy-implementation skills. Learning strategy-implementation skills means learning how to take care of yourself and your associates whatever executive or ownership role you and they might play in a firm, for the challenge of strategy implementation is in reconciling each executive’s personal interests with the personal interests of others on whom the executive depends.