Affiliates are specialist subject experts who add value to Business Game events facilitated by Partners. Examples include events initiated by:

  • Partners, who may wish to restrict themselves to the role of independent referee.
  • Associates, whose members or clients discover learning opportunities for themselves.

Those entering teams for Business Game events are encouraged to include diverse backgrounds and experience wherever possible. This provides the broadest range of perspectives when considering the potential consequences of policy decisions. Affiliates provide deeper insight into a particular issue as and when teams require it. In the referee role, facilitators often restrict themselves to helping teams identify any unsafe assumptions rather than offering solutions.

One of the primary benefits of participation in the Business Game is the highlighting of knowledge/experience gaps in the virtual world, before they can do any damage in real life. Business Games often motivate teams and individuals to acquire additional knowledge in the form of books, e-learning, webinars, DVDs or third party training courses.

Some Associates use the Business Game as part of an integrated leadership development programme and incorporate specific modules with the simulation exercise taking place immediately afterwards. In this way, the new material can be actively disseminated and applied by the teams while it is still fresh in the mind. This radically improves understanding and retention.

Affiliates can post summary profiles on the Business Game website incorporating links to their own sites.


Affiliate - Specialist Opportunities

Even teams with diverse backgrounds and experience can find themselves in a position where they do not have as much insight into a particular issue as they would like. In this situation, facilitators can provide generic advice, usually answering a question with another question, to establish whether any incorrect assumptions have been made.

One of the primary benefits of participation in the Business Game is the “highlighting of learning opportunities” or knowledge/experience gaps in the virtual world before they can do any damage in real life situations. In this way, the competition often motivates teams and individuals to acquire the additional knowledge they need in the form of books, CDs, DVDs or third party training courses.

Some clients use the Business Game as part of an integrated leadership development programme and incorporate specific modules with the simulation exercise taking place immediately afterwards. In this way, the new material can be actively disseminated and applied by the teams while it is still fresh in the mind. This radically improves understanding and retention.

Examples of the expertise and specialisations in demand include:

  • Accounts
  • Communications
  • Contracts
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Customer service
  • Decision support
  • Environmental: reducing travel
  • Financial reports
  • Finance readiness
  • Forecasting
  • Human resources
  • Innovation
  • Investment
  • Lateral thinking
  • Leadership Development
  • Marketing
  • Mind mapping
  • Negotiation skills
  • NLP
  • Outsourcing
  • Presentation skills
  • Profiling – Belbin/Myers-Briggs
  • Profiling – DISC/colour-based systems
  • Profiling – Enneagram
  • Profiling – Gender balance
  • Public relations & media management
  • Risk assessment
  • Role play (using actors)
  • Sales
  • Social Media & Networks
  • Strategy
  • Team building
  • Time management
  • Video applications

Registered Affiliates can post summary profiles on the Business Game website and incorporating links to their own sites in order that teams can purchase learning materials direct.