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Management simulators: A tool for fostering experience-based learning of agribusiness management concepts


  • Roger A. Dahlgran

    (Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Arizona)


This article examines the role of a management simulator in teaching an agribusiness management course. The use of the simulator is described and the critical issue of the simulator's correspondence with management course content is discussed. A set of requirements for the realization of the maximum net benefits of using a simulator is presented for consideration. The conclusion is that the costs and benefits are neither global nor explicit and should be carefully and subjectively estimated before a decision is made on whether to incorporate a simulation game into an agribusiness management course.

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  • Roger A. Dahlgran, 1987. "Management simulators: A tool for fostering experience-based learning of agribusiness management concepts," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 3(4), pages 403-412.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:3:y:1987:i:4:p:403-412 DOI: 10.1002/1520-6297(198724)3:4<403::AID-AGR2720030406>3.0.CO;2-#

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    1. Siegfried, John J & Fels, Rendigs, 1979. "Research on Teaching College Economics: A Survey," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 17(3), pages 923-969, September.
    2. Michael D. Boehlje & Vernon R. Eidman, 1978. "Simulation and Gaming Models: Application in Teaching and Extension Programs," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 60(5), pages 987-992.
    3. Lewis, Darrell R & Dalgaard, Bruce R & Boyer, Carol M, 1985. "Cost Effectiveness of Computer-assisted Economics Instruction," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 75(2), pages 91-96, May.
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