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Enterprise Resource Planning Simulation is a unique business simulation technology developed at HEC Montréal that enables the simulation of near‐real‐life business contexts of large corporate information systems.

ERPsim serves three functions. First, it provides the simulation of a market for buyers so that the game participants have some data necessary for evaluating how to react to the competitors’ strategy. Secondly, ERPsim automates some of the business functions that are more administrative to make the game a little easier to play so that participants focus on the decision-making processes in the real-world system while experiencing the value of reports and decision support tools that exist in the system. 

Participants are put in a situation where they have to run their businesses using a real-life ERP system similar to those used by the world’s largest companies. The essential feature of the simulation is that the only interface between the simulator and the participants is a real ERP system.


ERP Simulation Game

During Enterprise Resource Planning Simulation, the following games will be performed:

  • In the Maple introduction, participants put themselves in the position of a wholesale distributor. Each company competes with the other wholesalers to satisfy customer demand and maximize profit.
  • In the Logistic simulation, participants are engaged in the procurement, distribution, and sales of different products in different regions. Each company has to define its strategy related to prices and product transfers.
  • In the Manufacturing simulation, participants are responsible for the complete business cycle, including planning, procurement, production, and sales processes.

Participants will take control of this company and make all critical decisions.


Each group has to submit a word report (2 pages in length) summarizing the strategy they adopted in each game and the main information about performance and statistics supporting their strategy.

The deadline for submitting the assignments is one week after each simulation game.


Evaluation criteria will be based on the following criteria:

  • Attendance at ERP Simulation
  • The assignment submitted by the group

The final grade will be passed or failed. Students that will miss more than one lecture will not pass the exam. For students that respected the frequency requirement, the grade will be based on the quality of the final report submitted at the end of each game.





Date Groups Type - Room Time Topic
Apr-12 All on-site - P5 14:00 -17:00 Gamification
Apr-17 All on-site - P5 10:00 -13:00 Introduction to ERP Sim
Apr-19 All on-site - P5 14:00 -17:00 SAP + BPMN
May-3 Set 1 online 14:00 -17:00 Maple Game
May-10 Set 1 online 14:00 -17:00 Logistic Game
May-17 Set 1 online 14:00 -17:00 Manufacturing Game


The lectures scheduled in April will be held in person at the School of Economics, and all other classes will take place online on TEAMs.

Lecturers will check the attendance, and students who miss more than one scheduled lecture will be excluded from the Enterprise Resource Planning Simulation Game and from obtaining the credits.

Registration procedure

Participation is free of charge, but the number of attendees is limited. Therefore, priority will be given to students enrolled in the Master of Science in Business Administration (on a first-come, first-served basis).

To participate in the ERP Simulation, students must fill in the registration form by April 10th.