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ERIC Number: ED455854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 13
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Benefits of Including a Capstone Simulation Course in Community College Business Curricula.
Black, William L.
This article makes an argument for including a capstone, or end-of-term, business simulation course in community college business curricula. The International Business Practice Firm (IBPF), a worldwide virtual business network, is proposed as a foundation for such a course. The author argues that, in general, graduates of college business programs lack the necessary skills to apply theory to practical business situations, are deficient in the application of technology in business, are unfamiliar with the structural features of a business entity, and lack the global perspective to do business in today's economy. The objectives of a capstone simulation course are in line with recent policy statements from the Policies Commission for Business and Economic Education on the direction community colleges should be taking in their business programs. Benefits of a capstone simulation course include the development of workplace competencies, fostering an awareness of the global business climate, and providing relevant business technology skills. A course of this nature should be flexible to address the needs of career, transfer, and continuing education students. The advantage of an IBPF format for a community college over typical published business simulation games is the ability to integrate hands-on business skills with the managerial decision-making aspects of running a business. (JA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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