Lessons on the design of gaming simulations for convergence and divergence in volatile innovation environments

Jop Van Den Hoogen, S Meijer

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Gaming simulation allows innovation stakeholders to experiment with innovations in a shielded environment. The main contribution to innovation processes is not solely the provision of knowledge to stakeholders but also the manipulation of process volatility. Volatility is the speed and magnitude by which innovations, stakeholders and institutions change during the process, creating unpredictability and uncontrollability. This paper posits that a more even distribution of volatility over time is beneficial and that gaming simulation is able to contribute to this. The use of games allows innovation managers to front-load volatility beforehand or diminish it when it occurs. Crucial is that both effects demand from games qualitatively different design choices. This paper distills, from a multitude of gaming experiments in the U.K. And Dutch railroad sector, a set of design choices to consider. This enables game designers and innovation managers to improve the impact of gaming simulation on innovation processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2015 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781467397438
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2015 - Huntington Beach, United States
Duration: 6 Dec 20159 Dec 2015


ConferenceWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHuntington Beach


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