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CAPTRS Game Designer Publishes Paper on Board Game Use

By May 29, 2024No Comments

In today’s fast-paced corporate world, fostering essential skills like collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity can be challenging. However, a novel approach explored by researcher and CAPTRS Game Designer, Dr. Micael Sousa, promises to transform ordinary board games into powerful tools for team building and skill development.

Sousa’s recently published article, “Informal adult learning and training sessions: playing modern board games in the digital age,” details a game-based case study conducted within a marketing and communication enterprise. By carefully modifying the rules and mechanics of popular modern board games, Sousa created an informal yet engaging environment where teams organically exercised vital professional competencies.

The modified games served as dynamic simulations, allowing participants to practice decision-making, problem-solving, and strategic thinking within the context of their company’s objectives and priorities. Sousa’s innovative modding techniques fostered an atmosphere of collaboration, where teams worked together to overcome challenges and achieve shared goals.

Beyond its immediate applications, the paper proposes a comprehensive framework for adapting game-modding principles to diverse work contexts. This approach offers a refreshing alternative to traditional corporate training methods, harnessing the inherent motivational power of games to cultivate essential skills actively.

As companies strive to remain competitive and agile, Sousa’s research highlights the untapped potential of game-based learning experiences. By melding the realms of work and play, organizations can unlock new avenues for team development, driving innovation and bolstering their competitive edge.

In addition to his research, Dr. Sousa’s is currently designing a game for CAPTRS related to cascading effects of a multi-day blackout. The game challenges players to develop effective contingency plans and prioritize actions to mitigate the impact. It will be rolled out in the fall and is intended for emergency managers, federal and state officials and first response coordinators.