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René Börner, Jürgen Moormann and Minhong Wang

The paper aims to explore staff's experience with role‐plays using the example of training bank employees in Six Sigma as a major methodology for business process improvement.

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Purpose

The paper aims to explore staff's experience with role‐plays using the example of training bank employees in Six Sigma as a major methodology for business process improvement.

Design/methodology/approach

The research is based on a case study. A role‐play, KreditSim, is used to simulate a loan approval process that has to be improved by the participants. KreditSim has been conducted many times with various groups in both academic and professional environments. The authors used five role‐play sessions to conduct a survey among the participants and questioned seven facilitators experienced in KreditSim to generate empirical evidence for the effectiveness of such role‐plays.

Findings

Role‐play based simulations complement training programs in terms of active participation and first‐hand experience. Not only methodological learning is achieved but social and communicative as well as affective learning are supported, too. The employed role‐play highlights the relevance and applicability of the Six Sigma methodology to staff's day‐to‐day responsibilities. Besides boosting awareness for process thinking, the role‐play also helps to engage staff members in process improvement efforts.

Research limitations/implications

A limitation to the results might be the small number of facilitators that supervised the role‐play sessions so far. Thus, results may not be representative in a statistical sense. Moreover, the design of KreditSim could be modified in different ways for future seminars. Using software to automate certain activities is one possible modification. Ongoing research investigates in how far such modifications influence the effectiveness and the participant's perception of the role‐play.

Practical implications

The present study reveals that role‐plays can be effectively used for staff training. The results show that staff are strongly receptive to role‐plays in the context of business process improvement. Furthermore, several objectives such as methodological or social learning can be pursued and combined by this type of training instrument.

Originality/value

This article contributes to existing research in analyzing the effectiveness of role‐plays in a workplace setting. The paper is based on a number of professional role‐play sessions within the financial services sector. The survey comprises multiple dimensions of learning and supports that staff appreciate the usage of role‐play based simulation in a workplace environment.

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Journal of Workplace Learning, vol. 24 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-5626

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Jürgen Moormann, René Börner and Minhong Wang

The paper aims to explore how the transformation of a paper‐based role‐play into a workflow management system (WfMS) influences objectives and proceedings of training…

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Purpose

The paper aims to explore how the transformation of a paper‐based role‐play into a workflow management system (WfMS) influences objectives and proceedings of training seminars for staff members in the context of business process improvement initiatives.

Design/methodology/approach

The research is based on a case study. A professional role‐play is used to simulate a loan approval process that has to be improved by participants. Observation of the participants' behavior before and after the introduction of a WfMS reveals strengths and challenges associated with computer support.

Findings

The paper finds that software can support and enhance staff training. However, the introduction of a workflow management system changes the participant's interaction and way of learning. The holistic perspective that was originally envisaged by the role‐play is partly replaced by more detailed and technical aspects. Depending on the purpose of the training seminar, software has to be used appropriately. Otherwise, it could even undermine the seminar's objectives.

Practical implications

The research reveals that role‐plays can be effectively supported by software. Yet, the trainer should be aware that he/she not only requires some basic technical knowledge. Additionally, the role‐play might raise concerns regarding possible layoffs. Thus, the trainer should be prepared to cope with these potential issues.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to existing research in analyzing the effects of computer support on staff training. Six advantages compared to the paper‐based role‐play support the usage of WfMS.

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Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal, vol. 25 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1477-7282

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Sara Cervai and Tauno Kekäle

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Journal of Workplace Learning, vol. 24 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-5626

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Anne Gimson

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Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal, vol. 25 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1477-7282

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The Peace Dividend
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