Would you like some wine? Introducing variants to the beer game

Christoph Roser, Mizuho Sato, Masaru Nakano

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The beer game is a well-known simulation game in industry to demonstrate the bullwhip effect. With slight modifications, it is possible to also model and teach additional effects of supply chains, as for example the different countermeasures like pull, but also to an extent, better communication and reduced replenishment time. It can also model the increased fluctuations due to the introduction of additional variants besides beer and its impact on the necessary inventories. Last but not least, it can serve to demonstrate an often-overlooked point in levelling where the supply chain needs to retain at least a minimum of flexibility for levelling. We developed an extended beer game that consists of nine different games and can be performed as a two-day workshop.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-462
Number of pages9
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Beer game
  • fluctuations
  • levelling
  • replenishment time
  • variants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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