A Competitive Business Ethics Simulation Game


  • Wayne Buck


This article describes a competitive business ethics simulation game I developed for business ethics courses. The simulation game, inspired by the 2010 BP Gulf oil spill, has been played by over 800 undergraduate and graduate students at ten universities. In this article I describe the simulation, how it works, the model behind it, and explain how the simulation functions as an experiential exercise supporting the teaching of business ethics. Based on my experience with the simulation, I make some recommendations about guiding student discussion of simulation results and on grading ethically-oriented simulations. Finally, I present some quantitative data on the effectiveness of the simulation. The contribution of this article is to support and encourage business ethics instructors to add an important experiential teaching method to the existing repertoire of readings, lectures, group projects and case studies.