Campus Based Students’ Perspectives on Strategic Management Simulation: A Contextual Study

Evans, Jason and Kerridge, Clive (2015) Campus Based Students’ Perspectives on Strategic Management Simulation: A Contextual Study. ACTC2015 Conference Proceedings. pp. 307-320. ISSN 2186-4705

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Abstract

Although business simulations are widely used in management education, there is no consensus on optimising their application. Our research explores the use of business simulations as a dimension of a blended learning pedagogic approach for management education. Accepting that few best-practice prescriptive models for the design and implementation of simulations in this context have been presented, and that there is little contemporary empirical evidence for the claims made by proponents of such models, we address the lacuna by considering business student perspectives on the use of simulations. Data was gathered from a source of 487 campus-based students, gathered over a three year period. We then intersect the available data with espoused positive outcomes made by the authors of a prescriptive model. We find the model to be essentially robust and offer evidence to support this position. In so doing we provide one of the few empirically based studies to support claims made by proponents of simulations in management education. We follow with suggestions for further research into the employability outcomes of simulation based training, based on the results of our study. The research should prove valuable for those with an academic interest in the use of simulations, either as a blended learning dimension or as a stand-alone business education activity. Further, the findings contribute to the academic debate surrounding the use and efficacy of simulation-based training within business and management education.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper presented at The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2015 in Kobe, Japan in May 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: Simulation, SBT, Management Education, Pedagogy, Higher Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2016 14:11
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2016 07:38
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3903

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