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Policy games for strategic management

Author: Richard D Duke; Jac Geurts
Publisher: Amsterdam, the Netherlands : Dutch University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard D Duke; Jac Geurts
ISBN: 9036193419 9789036193412
OCLC Number: 243596532
Notes: Title from title screen.
"[Published] in association with Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Ind., U.S.A., & Rozenberg Publishers, The Netherlands."
Description: 1 online resource.
Responsibility: Richard D. Duke, Jac L.A. Geurts.



This book explains how and why gaming-simulation techniques have been used in Europe and the United States to improve decision quality on a special class of bewildering and threatening strategic problems that are defined as strategic volcanoes or 'macro-problems.' Eight case studies of the strategic application of policy gaming (a derivative of war gaming) in large and outstanding organizations are described and analyzed. Summarizing 30 years of practical and academic work, Duke and Geurts reveal how traditional management methods need to be integrated and supplemented in situations that have macro-problem characteristics. The new approach must be faster, employ many different persons, be reasonable in cost, be flexible and be capable of assimilating a very large number of variables that derive from both internal and external sources. The book provides a distinctive intellectual contribution in that it combines a broad analysis of the existing academic literature in strategic management and policy gaming. It integrates these two into a new, theoretically grounded practice of managing strategic issues that permits an organisation to simultaneously master complexity, optimize communication, stimulate creativity, develop consensus, and trigger a commitment to action.


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