Management: Gamesmanship for Real

Among top U.S. executives, 1961 model, one of the hottest fads going is the business game. J. P. Morgan would have sniffed in disdain, and Scots-born Andrew Carnegie would have howled at the expense. But today hundreds of U.S. companies, from small Texas printing firms to A.T. & T., are sending their employees forth to wrestle, sometimes for weeks at a stretch, with supersophisticated versions of Monopoly.

The notion of business games was borrowed from the war games developed by the U.S. Naval War College, and has been fanned to a hot flame by the development of the digital computer....

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