Airlines require pilots to log simulator hours, electrical engineers conduct simulations to check load requirements, the military simulates potential conflicts, and medical students learn on plastic patients. It's not surprising then we should consider simulations in the classroom and back at work to learn how to address tough issues.
One of the biggest advantages of simulation was cited in an article by Moorthy et.al. back in 2010. They stated "Simulation allows trainees to purposely undertake high-risk activities or procedural tasks within a safe environment without dangerous implications".
My experience has been the same. In companies I've done training at, simulation has allowed employees to address the "elephants in the room" as well as how to move forward when confronted by these same elephants called "trade-offs, strategy, and collaboration". In universities, students get a chance to experience safely, what their faculty is teaching, and the challenges of leading a supply chain without the risk of blowing up the supply chain, or failing in their classwork
I fully encourage you to experience simulations not just because I work and train with them, but because I too am one of those learners and employees who worked and works best by experiencing things
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Chuck Nemer is a trainer/consultant with 40 years of experience in Supply Chain Management, Lean, Leadership, and APICS. He currently works with approximately 50 universities and 3000 students annually in supporting the use and play of the simulations in the classroom. Within those 40 years, he has taught, and continues to teach, professional certification classes for APICS, professional development seminars and programs on his own, and on behalf of colleges in their outreach programs to local and regional manufacturing firms.
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