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Business simulation and assurance of learning: Gender, academic major and business core course performance

Jeffrey W. Alstete (LaPenta School of Business, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, USA)
Nicholas J. Beutell (LaPenta School of Business, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, USA)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 23 August 2019

Issue publication date: 20 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to consider assurance of learning among undergraduate business students enrolled in capstone business strategy courses using the GLO-BUS competitive simulation. Gender, academic major and business core course performance were examined.

Design/methodology/approach

Participants were 595 undergraduate capstone business students from 21 course sections taught over a four-year period. Variables included learning assurance measures, simulation performance, gender, major, business core course grades, capstone course grade and cumulative grade point average. Correlations, linear regression, multiple regression and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) were used to analyze the data.

Findings

Learning assurance report scores were strongly related to simulation performance. Simulation performance was related to capstone course grade, which, in turn, was significantly related to the grade point average (GPA). Core business courses were related to learning assurance and performance indicators. Significant differences for gender and degree major were found for academic performance measures. Women and men did not differ in simulation performance.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations include the use of one simulation (GLO-BUS) and studying students at one university taught by one professor. Assurance of learning measures needs further study as factors in business program evaluation. Future research should analyze post-graduate performance and career achievements in relation to assurance of learning outcomes.

Originality/value

This study conducts empirical analyses of simulation learning that focuses entirely on direct measures, including student characteristics (gender, major), learning assurance measures, business core course grades, capstone course grades and student GPAs.

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Citation

Alstete, J.W. and Beutell, N.J. (2019), "Business simulation and assurance of learning: Gender, academic major and business core course performance", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 412-426. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAE-04-2018-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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