Training programs use business games and case studies to develop employees management skills. A case study is a detailed description of a situation that trainees study and discuss. Cases are designed to develop higher order thinking skills, such as the ability to analyse and evaluate information. They also can be a safe way to encourage trainees to take appropriate risks by giving them practice in weighing and acting on uncertain outcomes.
With business games trainees gather information, analyse it and make decisions that influence the outcome of the game. Games stimulate learning because they actively involve participants and mirror the competitive nature of business. A realistic game may be more meaningful to trainees than techniques such as classroom instructions.