Using Simulations for Seminars, Corporate Training and Team Building

Smartsims Business Simulations have been used within Corporate Training, Business Seminars and Team Building exercises globally for many years.

Today, close to 70% of corporations are using Business Simulations as part of their repertoire of training methodologies to educate their management and staff at all levels. One of the many reasons for this is that experiential learning programs have very high information retention rates amongst participants. A study in the Training and Development Journal, stated: ” People retain about 25% of what they hear, 45% of what they see and hear, and 70% of what they see, hear and do.

The following are just a few organisations that have taken their Corporate Training to the next level using our state of the art Business Simulations.

MAHLE Industries, have been using our MikesBikes-Advanced Strategic Management Simulation in recent years as part of their Management Development program. Ralf Roeske, Senior Director of Finance, chose the MikesBikes-Advanced Business Simulation as it tied in all of the functional areas of a business, and encouraged a better understanding of how these functions are important in the efficient running of a company as a whole. Through experiential learning, MikesBikes-Advanced provides participants with the unique opportunity to evaluate, plan, and implement strategy as they manage their own company.

MAHLE are the worldwide leader in automotive parts. They supply an extensive range of high quality components and systems to the best known manufacturers of internal combustion engines throughout the world. In North America, MAHLE has 22 locations with more than 5,500 employees.

Illovo Sugar have been using MikesBikes-Advanced for several years, alongside The University of Kwazulu Natal as part of their Leadership Development Program. Participants gain a broader understanding of strategy formulation and team dynamics , as well as polishing their skills in cross-functional management. Participants are required to present a report to Illovo Executives at the completion of the program, detailing their learning, experiences and team dynamics.

Illovo Sugar is a leading, global, low-cost sugar producer and a significant manufacturer of high-value downstream products. The group is Africa’s biggest sugar producer and has extensive agricultural and manufacturing operations in six African countries.

Queensland Rail have used MikesBikes-Advanced in their Emerging Leaders course since 2007 in association with Griffith University with great success. The program is designed to hone participants skills in Leadership for Business, and develop the foundations for understanding the cross-functional nature of modern business. The program begins with a 3 day Strategic Planning Seminar where the participants develop their skills in strategy formulation, while using MikesBikes-Advanced Single-Player. The participants then move on to the Multi-Player where they form Management Teams and compete against one another for the highest Shareholder Value.

With over six and a half thousand staff, six billion dollars in assets and eight thousand kilometres of track, Queensland Rail is a strong and powerful integrated customer and rail infrastructure business.

Repco New Zealand have recently integrated MikesBikes-Intro into their annual National Conference. The conference runs over two days, and MikesBikes-Intro was chosen to assist in training managers to understand the impact of decisions – good and bad – on businesses. MikesBikes-Intro allowed the 150 participants to fully participate in all aspects of running a business. Feedback concluded that the use of MikesBikes-Intro was an engaging and successful way of up-skilling managers in the company.

With sales in excess of $900 million and employing over 4,000 staff across New Zealand and Australia, Repco is the largest reseller and supplier in the automotive parts aftermarket in Australiasia.

Smartsims has worked with dozens of other organisations, including DB Breweries, New Zealand Post, Microsoft and HP for cross-functional training and middle-management up-skilling over the years. We continue to receive consistent feedback praising the effectiveness of our Business simulations  from participants and administrators alike for training purposes.

If you are interested in adding value to your next Corporate Training day, Seminar, or Team Building Exercise, please contact our friendly sales team who can provide you with detailed information on fitting one of our Simulations to your needs.



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