Integrating the Simulation-Based Training Approach with Teaching Supply Chain Management
In our research we tested the effectiveness of integrating the computer-based approach of Simulation Based Training (SBT) in teaching Supply Chain Management (SCM). Although the SBT approach was tested extensively in a wide variety of domains and proven to have great potential on learning, it has not been studied yet empirically in the SCM domain. Our research tests several aspects of SCM learning and skills acquisition. Firstly, we test whether SBT can allow students to achieve better learning and understanding of SCM models compared to the traditional frontal teaching (recitation). Secondly, we investigate the effect of previous experience in SCM on the students’ ability to transfer knowledge and skills acquired using SBT in simple SCM problems to more complex problems. This research will show that using the Supply Chain Simulator (SCS) as a SBT tool clearly supports and improves SCM learning and can serve as a great supplement to frontal teaching.