The value of simulations for mixed nationality/culture student cohorts

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Many university business courses have students coming from a range of countries, cultures and pedagogic traditions. Balancing the needs and learning styles of such mixed cohorts represent challenges for students, instructors and curriculum developers. There is evidence that constructivist pedagogies, notably experiential learning, offer a path to enhanced learning in comparison with more traditional didactic methods. This chapter considers how business simulations are particularly appropriate for teaching mixed nationality cohorts, drawing on academic studies and reviews that have demonstrated their effectiveness for cognitive, effective and behavioural learning. The benefits of incorporating group-working, especially for synthesising management decision-making in multinational project teams, are discussed. Principles for choosing and using business simulations with mixed cohorts are summarised and a framework is offered for selecting the appropriate ‘sim’, to meet the needs of international and domestic students and to achieve desired learning outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGames, Simulations and Playful Learning in Business Education
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781800372702
ISBN (Print)9781800372696
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2021


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