Improving understanding, learning, and performances of novices in dynamic managerial simulation games

A Gradual-Increase-In-Complexity Approach

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  • Hakan Yasarcan

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    1. Accelerated Learning Laboratory, Australian School of Business (Incorporating AGSM), University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052, Australia
    • Accelerated Learning Laboratory, Australian School of Business (Incorporating AGSM), University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052, Australia
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  • This article was submitted as an invited paper resulting from the “Understanding Complex Systems” conference held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2008.

Abstract

Simulations are increasingly used in training and education because of their success and their advantages as a learning method. However, it has also been observed that the dynamic complexity of simulations creates learning difficulties, and that performance tends to plateau quickly at a level well below benchmark performance. To overcome this difficulty, a gradual-increase-in-complexity approach is proposed, which suggests developing simpler versions of a simulation game that can be used as part of the training. Accordingly, the authors developed a series of inventory-management simulations and conducted an experiment. The results indicate an improvement in the success of the inventory-management simulation as a training tool. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Complexity, 2010

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