Forio developed this online simulation with MIT professor John Sterman based on the tabletop game. The Beer Game is one of the most widely used supply chain management simulations. Play one of four positions in a dynamic supply chain for beer distribution as you and your colleagues manage the incoming and outgoing supply.
Each role can influence the entire chain by ordering too much or too little. Often called the “bullwhip effect,” this error can worsen shortages and overstock and wreak havoc on supply chains.
When things go wrong, we often look for scapegoats. The Beer Game addresses the often erroneous, negative attributions we make about others, how they erode trust in organizations, and what can be done to overcome these self-reinforcing beliefs. It’s not bad apples, it’s bad barrels.
This multiplayer game scales to any size and teaches the principles of systems thinking, supply chain management, as well as leadership, and teamwork. Play remote, in-person, or hybrid and scale from four to 400–or 4,000 or more.