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A Student-Centered Approach to the Business School Management Science Course

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  • Thomas A. Grossman

    () (School of Management, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, California 94117)

  • Vijay Mehrotra

    () (School of Management, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, California 94117)

  • Mouwafac Sidaoui

    () (School of Management, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, California 94117)

Abstract

We describe a student-centered approach for the required business school management science course. We articulate three principles for teaching management science to business students: real-world context, spreadsheet-native attitude, and student self-efficacy. We examine the implications of these principles and how they affect course content and delivery. We show how to establish relevance as perceived by business students. We highlight the business analysis lifecycle as a valuable “roadmap” for students and instructors alike. We explain costs, benefits, and techniques for spreadsheet-native modeling. Spreadsheet modeling should be treated as a computer programming process, based on the properties of the spreadsheet programming language. We explain how and why to separate the modeling process from the act of typing into a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets can function as valuable organizational assets. We candidly discuss the challenges faced transitioning from a tools-based teaching approach to a student-centered approach.

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  • Thomas A. Grossman & Vijay Mehrotra & Mouwafac Sidaoui, 2016. "A Student-Centered Approach to the Business School Management Science Course," INFORMS Transactions on Education, INFORMS, vol. 16(2), pages 42-53, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:orited:v:16:y:2016:i:2:p:42-53
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