Study finds MMORPG to make great leaders

A new report from IBM and software developer Seriosity suggests that many of the traits displayed by dedicated MMORPG players are key to successful leadership in business. You can check out the report at Seriosity’s official site.

The report claims that MMORPG gamers experience and improve on “collaboration, self-organization, risk taking, openness, influence, how to earn incentives linked to performance and be flexible in the way they communicate.”

“The research proves that online games have valuable lessons for success in business,” said Seriosity CEO Ken Ross.

IBM and Seriosity mentions main features of a typical MMORPG that help improve these skills, such as incentive structures and achievement recognition to motivate workers, virtual economies to promote information sharing and collaboration, and an overall view of the communication structure within an organization.

IBM has become so serious about this, they have decided to start their own “business” MMO called Innov8. It will be used by teams and/or groups of execs and it will measure and track statistics about decisions and business-related activities.  Check it.

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