Importance Of Board Games For Management Studies

Learning how to solve a problem is more important than learning the solution to any particular problem


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Drucker described the primary goal of a manager as “make people productive.” In order to do that, according to Drucker, they need to perform five functions:

Set objectives and establish the goals that employees need to reach.

Organize tasks, coordinate his/her allocation, and arrange the right roles for the right people.

Motivate and communicate in order to mold staffers into cooperative teams and to convey information continually up, down, and around the organization.

Establish targets and yardsticks that measure results and clarify outcomes to ensure that the firm is moving in the right direction.

Develop people through finding, training and nurturing employees, a firm’s primary resource.

To perform the above function there some prerequisite for employee/manager, this prerequisite can be developed and learned through various methods by learning, training, and application of board games.

Following are the advantages of board games :

Most board games facilitate human interactions in a constantly changing environment with a wide range of rules and boundaries. It is in these unique and singular situations where the limits of your thinking and creativity are tested to get the desired outcome.

Inboard gaming as in real life, we are resource constrained. We only have so many hours in a day or rupees to spend on the things we need and we must figure out the optimal strategy moving forward in order to have the greatest chance of success.

Most of the time, a single decision isn’t going to make a huge difference, but the confluence of many decisions over a period of time can have a profound impact on the way events unfold.

Board games also provide a safe environment for players to create and test strategies, tactics, and theories and get immediate feedback on the various decisions made throughout the game. This can be valuable practice for real-world situations by helping you understand how you make decisions and how you react to adverse situations

Chess is one of the board game. Chess is an exercise of infinite possibilities for the mind, one which developmental abilities used throughout life: concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem-solving, pattern recognition, strategic planning, creativity, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, to name a few. Chess can be used very effectively as a tool to teach problem-solving and abstract reasoning. Learning how to solve a problem is more important than learning the solution to any particular problem. Through chess, we learn how to analyze a situation by focusing on important factors and by eliminating distractions. We learn to devise creative solutions and put a plan into action. Chess works because it is self-motivating. The game has fascinated humans for almost 2000 years, and the goals of attack and defense, culminating in checkmate, inspire us to dig deep into our mental reserves.

Several benefits accrue from the teaching and promoting of chess: 

Chess limits the element of luck; it teaches the importance of planning. 

Chess requires that reason be coordinated with instinct [intuition]; it is an effective decision teaching activity. 

Chess is an endless source of satisfaction; the better one plays, the more rewarding it becomes. 

Chess is a highly organized recreation

Chess is an international language. It can be a lifelong source of interest, amusement, and satisfaction. 

Chess provides more long-term benefits than most School Sports Hall goes on to state that proficiency in chess seems to be related to “inherent logic” and “problem-solving ability”.

Following are three long-term goals achieve through Chess: 

Develop analytical, synthetic and decision-making skills, which they can transfer to real life, 

Learn to engage in deep and thorough chess research which will help them build their confidence in their ability to do professional analysis. 

Gain insights into the nature of competition, which will help them in any competitive endeavor. 

Chess clearly is a problem-solving tool, an “ideal way to study decision-making and problem-solving because it is a closed system with clearly defined rules”. When faced with a problem, the first step is to “analyze [it] in a preliminary and impressionistic way: sizing up the problem”, possibly looking for patterns or similarity to previous experiences. “Similarity judgments may involve high levels of abstract reasoning”.

It has been proven that the following is a simulation of management tactics, which is helpful in management practice.

Chess dramatically improves employee's ability to think rationally 

Chess increases cognitive skills. 

Chess improves employee's communication skills and aptitude in recognizing patterns. 

Chess builds a sense of team spirit while emphasizing the ability of the individual. 

Chess teaches the value of hard work, concentration, and commitment. 

Chess instills in young employee a sense of self-confidence and self-worth. 

Chess makes employee realize that he or she is responsible for his or her own actions and must accept their consequences. 

Chess teaches an employee to try their best to win while accepting defeat with grace. 

Chess provides an intellectual, competitive forum through which employee can assert hostility, i.e. "let off steam," in an acceptable way. 

Chess helps an employee make friends more easily because it provides an easy, safe forum for gathering and discussion. 

Chess allows employee and teachers to view each other in a more sympathetic way. 

Chess, through competition, gives an employee a palpable sign of their accomplishments. 

Chess provides an employee with a concrete, inexpensive and compelling way to rise above the deprivation and self-doubt, which are so much a part of their lives. 


Just like Chess, Ludo (in small kids) and Carrom Board (kids and college going student, in a family, etc. ) , i.e., all board games increases our concentration, planning skills, cognitive skills,   ability to think rationally, aptitude in recognizing patterns, sense of team spirit while emphasizing the ability of the individual, hard work, commitment, build self-confidence and self-worth, realize that he or she is responsible for his or her own actions and must accept their consequences with full responsibility.

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