Business simulations & cognitive learning: Developments, desires, and future directions


Management; Operations and Supply Chain Management

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assessment, attitudes, benefits, business simulations, cognitive learning, computerized simulation, educational outcomes, objective evidence, objective measures, perceptions, progress


This article focuses on the research associated with the assessment of the cognitive learning that occurs through participation in a simulation exercise. It summarizes the objective evidence regarding cognitive learning versus the perceptions of cognitive learning achieved as reported by participants and instructors. The authors also explain why little progress has occurred in objectively assessing cognitive learning in the past 25 years and provide potential options for filling this deficiency.

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Simulation & Gaming

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DOI 10.1177/1046878108321624