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Designing a human resource management simulation to engage students

journal contribution
posted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Andrea North-SamardzicAndrea North-Samardzic, Marlize de Witt
Management educators employ a variety of learning and teaching tools in order to engage students, with online business simulations being one of these tools. While many business simulations are available to management educators, they do not always fit the needs of the educator or have evidence to support their efficacy for achieving student outcomes such as engagement. In this article, we illustrate how a human resource management (HRM) simulation was designed, developed, and tested using design science principles to show how student engagement can be achieved with such digital tools. The findings of the testing process show that the type of Learning Management System used is less important than the novelty and perceived authenticity of the tasks. This article offers practical suggestions to create and test similar online-simulated environments using the design science process, as well as guidelines for those who wish to use the HRM simulation that was developed by the authors for this project.

History

Journal

Journal of management education

Volume

43

Pagination

359-395

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1052-5629

eISSN

1552-6658

Language

en

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2019, The Author(s)

Issue

4

Publisher

SAGE