The ERPsim game is designed to prepare students and prospective managers for the business world. Under real-life conditions the students have to manage a virtual company in a competitive market with an SAP system. The problem- and learning-based approach gives them a long-term understanding of how business and business processes work.
Pierre-Majorique Léger and his colleagues developed a new type of simulation game for teaching Enterprise Systems in the early 2000s. Since then, it has won several awards. The ERPsim game is designed to prepare students and prospective managers for the business world. The students use real software under a simulated condition and thus learn in the long term how business and business processes work.
IM+io: Let’s start with a very basic question: What is the ERP simulation game and why is it useful?
(ERPsim) with a team of colleagues.
The analogy we like to use is the fact that if we were training airplane pilots, we would have plane simulators and a virtual sky and we would provide them the technique or how to fly and then offer them the simulator and they could train themselves to become competent. It’s competent managers at using IT in organizations we want to train, let them make decisions, and learn how to leverage IT in their daily lives.
We created the ERPsim in that sense with this model of allowing for future managers to use IT in a competitive way. The analogy with the flight simulator is good, but it also does not reflect the fact that they are using the same software they would be using in an organization. In a flight simulator, it’s a fake playing in a