Determining preferred management techniques in new systems through game-simulation.

by Murray A. Geisler, Wilbur Steger

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A discussion of the role of humans in management systems and of the usefulness of the game-simulation technique in studying such systems. For example, in complex systems humans are shown to play an assortment of roles that are not well enough formulated to be represented with sufficient mathematical accuracy for study by all-computer simulations. The Memorandum indicates that although game-simulation techniques have many of the necessary characteristics for satisfying the requirements of a management system design and evaluation method, they also have many limitations. This investigation is largely based on experiences with Laboratory Problem II, a game-simulation study of the management system required by an ICBM wing to achieve a high percentage of missiles on alert under operational conditions.

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