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MacMillan, Karen; Komar, Jennifer – Journal of Management Education, 2018
This article describes a classroom exercise that is designed to help students understand the basic tenets of population ecology (also known as organizational ecology). The macro-level, longitudinal approach to understanding organizations can be difficult for students to conceptualize as it involves systems thinking. This exercise makes the theory…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Class Activities, Systems Approach, Institutional Environment
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Wright, April; Hibbert, Paul; Strong, Ross; Edwards, Marissa – Journal of Management Education, 2018
This article is based first-person experience with experiential learning (EL) practices in an undergraduate introductory management course. We consider how a challenging EL activity, based on volunteering during recovery from a catastrophic flood event, exposed three shadow sides of EL. These shadow sides of EL, which often remain hidden to…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Management Development, Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses
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Taylor, Vicki Fairbanks – Journal of Management Education, 2018
Experiential learning exercises have the potential to elicit emotional responses in students and instructors alike. This article takes an auto-ethnographic approach in detailing the author's experience facilitating a role-playing activity that triggered an unanticipated emotional reaction in a session participant. In the narrative, the author…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Experiential Learning, Emotional Response, Ethnography
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Eriksen, Matthew; Cooper, Kevin – Journal of Management Education, 2017
This article presents a student-established, shared-purpose process used to increase student engagement with, commitment to, and responsibility for their learning. In addition to establishing a shared purpose for their course, the students establish and commit to ways of being, doing, and interacting with one another necessary to intentionally and…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Learner Engagement, Transformative Learning, Student Responsibility
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Miller, John A. – Journal of Management Education, 2017
The purpose of this article is to describe an experiential course designed to overcome the specific problems inherent in working with undergraduate students in introductory management courses. The article grew out of discussions among faculty at the 1988 Academy of Management meetings who shared deep concerns about the quality of undergraduate…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Business Administration Education, Experiential Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Bruni-Bossio, Vincent; Willness, Chelsea – Journal of Management Education, 2016
The "Kobayashi Maru" is a training simulation that has its roots in the Star Trek series notable for its defining characteristic as a no-win scenario with no "correct" resolution and where the solution actually involves redefining the problem. Drawing upon these characteristics, we designed a board meeting simulation for an…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Fidelity, Simulation, Meetings
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Kaplan, David M.; Renard, Monika K. – Journal of Management Education, 2015
We provide instruction for engaging students in negotiating their course syllabus. In contrast to the common conceptualization of the syllabus as an instructor-determined contract, we involve our students in developing the collaborative contract under which they will be evaluated. We discuss our successful facilitation of this activity and how to…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Teacher Student Relationship, Conflict Resolution, Persuasive Discourse
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Donovan, Kimberly M.; Fluegge-Woolf, Erin R. – Journal of Management Education, 2015
The Under Construction Exercise was developed by the authors to highlight key factors of work design that when implemented among the work group or entire organization can lead to an environment conducive to fostering satisfaction and motivation. In the exercise, groups are assigned to one of four different conditions that are designed to emulate…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Group Activities, Class Activities, Job Development
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Stratton, Micheal T.; Julien, Mark – Journal of Management Education, 2014
Encouraging students to actively engage with course material is an ongoing challenge for many management educators. One common tactic is to use various technologies that allow tech-savvy Millennial Generation students to take a more active role in their learning. In this article, we describe an innovative group project that challenges students to…
Descriptors: Groups, Student Projects, Innovation, Teaching Methods
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Trefalt, ┼ápela – Journal of Management Education, 2014
Networks and the social capital that they carry enable people to get things done, to prosper in their careers, and to feel supported. To develop an effective network, one needs to know more than how to make connections with strangers at a reception; understanding the consequences of network properties on one's ability to obtain benefits is…
Descriptors: Social Capital, Simulation, Experiential Learning, Interpersonal Relationship
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Conklin, Thomas A. – Journal of Management Education, 2013
This article reviews andragogy as the philosophy resident in the broad arena of experience-based learning. Beneath the umbrella of experience-based learning lie the specific classroom orientations of student-centered learning, problem-based learning, and classrooms as organizations. These orientations contribute to the creation of…
Descriptors: Andragogy, Experiential Learning, Personal Autonomy, Student Experience
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Neiva de Figueiredo, Joao; Mauri, Alfredo J. – Journal of Management Education, 2013
This article describes the "Cross-Cultural Assignment," an experiential learning technique for students of business that deepens self-awareness of their own attitudes toward different cultures and develops international managerial skills. The technique consists of pairing up small teams of U.S.-based business students with small teams of…
Descriptors: Management Development, Business Administration Education, Cultural Awareness, Metacognition
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Smrt, Diana Lazarova; Nelson, Reed Elliot – Journal of Management Education, 2013
Using a toy construction set, we introduce to students the job characteristics model in a fun and engaging way. The activity not only describes the theoretical variables of the model but also allows students to (a) experience the dynamic interaction among these variables and (b) gain a better, hands-on understanding of the model. The exercise…
Descriptors: Toys, Instructional Materials, Business Administration Education, Models
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Lavine, Marc H.; Roussin, Christopher J. – Journal of Management Education, 2012
The authors describe a semester-long action-learning project where undergraduate or graduate management students learn about ethics, responsibility, and organizational behavior by examining the policy of their college or university that addresses academic integrity. Working in teams, students adopt a stakeholder management approach as they make…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, School Policy, Integrity, Ethics
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Sheehan, Norman T.; Gamble, Edward N. – Journal of Management Education, 2010
Value chain analysis is widely taught in business schools and applied by practitioners to improve business performance. Despite its ubiquity, many students struggle to understand and apply value chain concepts in practice. JetFighter uses a complex manufacturing process (making intricate paper planes) to provide students an opportunity to enhance…
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Assignments, Learning Activities, Cooperative Learning
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