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Decision making: The big decision in simulation design: Working paper series--04-08

Scherpereel, Chris (2004) Decision making: The big decision in simulation design: Working paper series--04-08. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.

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To develop effective business simulation exercises it is critical that developers and users understand the human decision making process so that simulations achieve the desired learning objectives. Understanding how to present the situation and define the environment is central to creating a learning exercise where decision makers can improve their decision making performance. It is an important pedagogical issue to know whether the business simulation is being designed to reinforce and build a decision maker's ability to respond in a normative reasoned fashion to a decision problem, or to experience the situation in its complexity and respond in a synthetic intuitive fashion. To comprehend the implications of these two viewpoints the debate between promoters of the normative and the descriptive views on decision making are presented. A critical analysis of these different perspectives is shown to influence how decision making should be taught, how simulations should be designed, and how learning outcomes should be measured.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 04-08
Keywords: Working paper, business education, decision making, simulation design, learning outcomes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2015 00:19
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1579

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