This engaging 20-minute group simulation teaches students about the structural properties of social networks. Students are placed into networks of 7, 8, 9 or 10 people with the goal of obtaining certain key resources from their network as quickly as possible. Students can communicate and exchange resources with players they are directly connected to-but no one else. As the students work their network to find the resources they need, it becomes clear that certain players are in more strategically advantageous positions than others. The simulation teaches concepts including network structures and properties, social capital, reciprocity, power and influence, and the importance of networking.
Company: Harvard Business Publishing
Approximate price: $10.00
Playtime: 30 minutes
Learning objectives: Demonstrate how the properties of one's network affect one's ability to derive benefits from it. Change perceptions of networking as selfish, opportunistic, or insincere by recognizing its benefits and potential for reciprocity.
Link to simulation home page: https://hbsp.harvard.edu/product/8682-HTM-ENG