ERIC Number: ED158019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
The Use of Management Games for Developing Army Officers in Administrative and Staff Jobs. [Final Report.]
Olmstead, Joseph A.; Elder, B. Leon
A research project was undertaken to provide a foundation for future research on the efficacy of games and simulations for use in training and assessing junior company-grade officers working in administrative, nontactical support, and staff jobs. Based on survey interviews with nineteen incumbents of Finance, Adjutant General, and Quartermaster Corps first-tour, entry-level jobs, work requirements, problem analysis, decision-making, and interpersonal tasks and problems were identified. A comprehensive literature review and state-of-the-art survey of simulation were conducted, and 351 games and simulations were surveyed to determine relevance for junior officers. After initial screening, the remaining 183 were intensively analyzed to identify processes and parameters involved in the games and simulations, and a descriptive model was developed to delineate their attributes. A methodology for evaluating management games and simulations in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, and the descriptive model was developed and applied to the sample 183. Fifty-two games and simulations identified as appropriate for the focal officers were catalogued with descriptions and evaluations as Human Resources Research Organization Research Product 77-22 (bound at the end of this report). In conclusion, a framework and guidelines for constructing games and simulations for training and assessment purposes were also developed. (Author/ELG)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Education, Catalogs, Competency Based Education, Decision Making, Development, Evaluation Methods, Game Theory, Guidelines, Inservice Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Job Skills, Literature Reviews, Management Games, Military Training, Officer Personnel, On the Job Training, Problem Solving, Research Projects, Simulation, State of the Art Reviews, Task Performance, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Location: United States