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A high-performing value chain needs the collaboration of team members from across the organization. Tearing down silos and creating the right cross-functional mindset, however, can be a serious challenge. So, what do you need in order to achieve success? Ideally, you’d like your team to experiment with different scenarios wherein they learn to overcome various obstacles. This is where we come in: through our business simulation games, you will have the unique opportunity to put value chain concepts immediately into practice.

The best value chain learning for everyone

Universities and companies are currently enjoying the business games of Inchainge. Why? Because our game-based learning experience facilitates a steep learning curve like no other. With our serious games you learn by experience about the opportunities, challenges and interdependencies when managing the value chain. Topics connected to Strategic and Functional alignment, Integrated Business Planning, and how to adopt a Circular Supply Chain model are dealt with. Our simulations put you at the heart of a life-like situation and reveal the impact of every decision you make. This is as close to reality as you can get!

How our business simulation games work

Inchainge offers three innovative business simulation games:

  • The Fresh Connection, focused on end-to-end value chain management.
  • The Cool Connection, about the cross-functional approach to working capital and the power of Integrated Business Planning (IBP).
  • The Blue Connection, challenges you to transform from a linear to a circular business model.
  • The Triple Connection, addresses sustainable business through the alignment of people, planet, and prosperity.

In each simulation, participants become managers within different departments of a virtual company. This company requires a critical turnaround in order to become profitable. It is up to you to identify opportunities and interdependencies within your company and its value chain. The real-world perspective of our business games includes life-like challenges, pushing you to develop strategies in order to successfully deal with these challenges.

The best business simulations force their participants to get out of their comfort zones. This will allow you to think on your feet, just like you would in an everyday situation. The added benefit of our simulations is that they provide you with instant feedback on your choices. During multiple game rounds, you learn by experience by gradually finding solutions for inefficiencies. In your pursuit of the best solutions, you are free to experiment with multiple scenarios within the different departments of the company, and its value chain.

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The benefits of our business games for companies

Many business professionals find themselves in a functional silo. E.g. they work in sales, finance or operations. How well they, or their departments operate, is often evaluated through their own siloed lenses as well. Quite often, this is also reinforced by the measurement of siloed KPIs. This approach does not always lead to the best overall outcomes. For that to happen, siloes need to be torn down, departments need to collaborate, be aligned and have their performance evaluated by a shared set of KPIs. What is remarkable, is that most people tacitly know this, but that it proves hard to change. Until they experience what the true potential of collaboration and alignment is. And that experience is exactly what our business games have to offer:

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Experiential learning
Team-building and collaboration
Business games increase student engagement
Creating alignment
From fire-fighting to fire prevention
Practice makes perfect
Steep learning curve
Numerous configurations
Scalability of delivery
Cloud access, online facilitation

The benefits of our business games for educators

If you’re an educator, you know that effectively teaching complex theories to your students can be a real challenge. Are you looking for the best experiential learning package for your classroom? Our business games offer many benefits to higher education:

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Learning by doing is our main priority
Easy to use, easy to implement
Business games increase student engagement
Instant feedback
Multiple learning cycles create a step-by-step learning experience
Online access facilitates individual learning speeds
Online learning eliminates geographical barriers
Adjust the difficulty to your own team or classroom

The Ultimate Value Chain Experience

Experience the power of true alignment and a well-articulated supply chain strategy, supported by tactical skills and knowledge. Tear down functional silos and create the right cross functional mindset.

The Fresh Connection simulation immerses its participants in turning around a virtual manufacturer of fruit juices. Faced with declining performance, the management team must get the company back on track as soon as possible!

Bridging the Physical and Financial Value Chain

Experience how Management of Working Capital is essential to a company's fundamental financial health. Learn how to shorten the Cash Conversion Cycle to boost bottom line. Get an understanding of Supply Chain Finance (SCF), deal with currency- and market risks, trade, and much more.

The Cool Connection simulation engages its participants in making strategic decisions in the management of a virtual manufacturing company of personal care products.

Experience a Circular Future

Learn how to adopt a circular approach! Transition away from a take-make-dispose linear production towards circular business models. Allow goods to be designed and produced for extended use, disassembly, reuse and recycling from the outset.

The Blue Connection simulation submerges its participants in the transformation from a linear to a circular value chain by implementing a circular strategy for a virtual e-bike manufacturer. Experience the circular way of doing business for a sustainable future!

Discover The Triple Connection

The web-based business simulation game, The Triple Connection, engages its participants in implementing a sustainable strategy for a virtual chocolate milk manufacturer. Participants will be confronted with various real-life, real-time dilemmas. They will be compelled to make decisions that are critical to maintain a fair balance between profitability and sustainability.

To add the flair of a real-world experience, The Triple Connection comes with the added element of a limited budget. This pushes participants to be more acute with their analysis. Alignment and strong cross-functional communications are key to setting the right priorities in place!