Business Professor Designs Game to Help Industry Professionals

Motzev Has Shared Research Results at Worldwide Conferences

By: Becky St. Clair

Mihail Motzev, School of Business professor

Who says professionals can’t have fun? Mihail Motzev, professor in the School of Business at Walla Walla University, spent three years developing what is essentially a game for businesspeople. His latest project, titled “Intelligent Techniques in Simulations and Management Games–A Hybrid Approach: Multi-Stage Selection Procedures for Complex Systems Model Building” was nominated and approved by WWU faculty for a faculty research grant three consecutive years.

“It’s one of my favorite areas of research,” says Motzev. “I enjoy the work and the presentation as much as I enjoy the end result.”

As a member of the International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISAGA), Motzev has presented results from his research at many conventions, most recently in Romania, Poland, and Spokane, Wash. He has also been invited to present at the ISAGA/IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) world conference in Sweden this summer.

“My most recent paper describes a hybrid approach in complex systems model building, based on self-organizing data mining,” Motzev explains. “I designed the original prototype-algorithm for my doctoral dissertation, and the results show it is able to develop even complex models reliably and achieves lower overall error rates than state-of-the-art methods.”

In layman’s terms, Motzev’s research has produced a technique that can effectively create a business model based on user data inputs that can assist professionals in making better business-related decisions. It is also very useful when developing model-based business games at the stage of model development.

“Some people reject sophisticated simulation models, because it’s difficult to build them or because they don’t understand them,” explains Motzev. “In this technique, users enter their data and both structural and parametrical identification of each equation happens in one highly automated procedure. With the guarantee that an immense number of possible models have been developed, selected, and evaluated, the professional’s final choice is based on a small number of good suggestions made by the program.”

Motzev has had papers and articles published in more than 80 peer-reviewed publications—including four textbooks—on topics such as information systems, econometric models, computer simulation on economic systems, management simulation games, and quantitative methods. In June, another of his articles will be published on his most recent research.

May 2, 2013

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