Serious Game for Education and Training of Industrial Managers respect Pandemics

  • Agostino G. Bruzzone 
  • Marina Massei, 
  • Alessandro De Gloria, 
  • Francesca De Rosa, 
  • Alberto De Paoli, 
  • Enrico Ferrari
  • a.b.c.d STRATEGOS, Genoa University, villa Cambiaso, 16145 Genova, Italy
  • e,f Simulation Team, Italy 
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Bruzzone A., Massei M., De Gloria A., De Rosa F., De Paoli A., Ferrari E. (2021). Serious Game for Education and Training of Industrial Managers respect Pandemics. Proceedings of the 11th International Defence and Homeland Security Simulation Worskhop (DHSS 2021), pp. . DOI:
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This paper is focusing in analyzing how the use of simulation and serious games could be effectively used to develop decision making capability within a crisis scenario; the authors propose here the simulation of a fictional scenario dealing with pandemics, where decisions should be finalized addressing multiple aspects considering multi target functions. The scenario has been used to conduct experimentations and to improve the impact on the training audience respect the covid-19 current crisis.


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