Managers Who Are Gamers Do Well in Business

From a recent Businessweek online edition:

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According to a new study by IBM (IBM ), some multiplayer games teach skills needed to manage a modern multinational.

The computer giant hired software maker Seriosity to watch people play hundreds of hours of games where leadership is required. IBM also surveyed more than 200 players among its own managers. The finding: Those immersed in online worlds linking millions of participants, such as World of Warcraft, get good at gathering information from far-flung sources, assessing risk, and moving quickly to the next challenge. IBM says the study, to be released on June 15, shows such games could be ‘management flight simulators’ for those trying to lead global teams.