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Microcomputer Simulation for Teaching Operations Management

T.W. Batley (University of Otago, New Zealand)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 1 January 1991



Present and potential uses of microcomputers in teaching operations and production management are examined. Microcomputers are generally available to most students and managers. Difficulties lie in developing the most effective learning methods using microcomputers instead of expecting students to self‐learn entirely by working their way through a program manual in front of a screen. Potential uses of microcomputer‐based simulations and the possible learning benefits are explored. Uses of an aggregate planning case study are given as an example, involving manual calculations, group discussion and a microcomputer spreadsheet. The example shows how small groups can learn more effectively about the power and speed of microcomputers by using them in a real situation. The simulation emphasises the useful role of micro‐computers as an integral part of operations planning systems and decision‐making processes.



Batley, T.W. (1991), "Microcomputer Simulation for Teaching Operations Management", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 5-13.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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