ERIC Number: ED156210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Simulated Study of Organizational Theory: The Use of EXPER-SIM in the Undergraduate Business Curriculum.
Lorton, Paul, Jr.
EXPER-SIM (Experiment Simulation) is an instructional approach (with supporting computer programs) which allows an instructor to build a theory based model of how data would occur if an experiment were actually conducted in a world where the theory held true. The LESS version of EXPER-SIM was adapted to run on the Hewlett-Packard 2000E timesharing system in a college of business administration, and a series of data generating contexts was developed for use in an organizational theory course. The simulated contexts, which were designed to illustrate theoretical positions discussed in the course text included (1) Introductory Simulation; (2) The Individual in the Organization; (3) Leadership; (4) Managerial Grid; and (5) The Whole. The course results were positive in that students, who were using their statistics training to test hypotheses at a credible scale, were gaining a clearer idea of what theory is and how it comes about. In addition, from the responses to a course evaluation questionnaire, the students were quite positive about the course experience. The final examination simulation exercise is appended. (Author/CMV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: EXPER SIM; University of San Francisco CA
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Computers in the Undergraduate Curricula (East Lansing, Michigan, June 20-22, 1977); For entire proceedings, see IR 006 142