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If you consider games frivolous, think again. Playing games can strengthen your company and your strategy, say the professionals at Boston Consulting Group. They describe 10 games – largely thought experiments – for the business audience, as well as how to play for best results. Before you tackle strategy, consider how game play could unlock fresh thinking and “pre-emptive self-disruption” at your firm.

About the Authors

Martin Reeves, Julien Legrand, Jack Fuller and Hen Lotan are professionals with the Boston Consulting Group.



Games can jolt complacent companies toward “pre-emptive self-disruption” and counterfactual thinking – imagining the world as it could be, not as it is. Thinking counterfactually enables people to invent new products, services and business models; predict risks and threats; and spot new prospects. And games can show a way past “entrenched interests” and build a sense of urgency to drive change. Either singly or in combination, these 10 games help strengthen strategy:

  1. Strategy Palette” – Running a virtual lemonade stand, players encounter diverse competition scenarios...

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