Paper (40): Designing and Evaluating Simulation Games For Professional Project Management Education.
Abstract: Experiential learning makes simulation as a good pedagogical tool for working professionals. Success of project management training depends on factors such as the right blend of simulation and theory, concept and content of the simulation, link between the simulation and professional activities etc. Paper proposes a simple model representing links of the simulation with other relevant elements of professional training. The model has been tested in the specific case of project management education. PM Trainings were conducted using simulation tool and participant’s responses were received. The qualitative responses of participants were processed using Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and the findings are presented in the paper. The study identified three significant characteristics of simulation game namely Reality, Relevance & Reliability that are to be given due consideration while designing simulation based project management pedagogical practice.
Biography: Hariharan Subramanyan, Faculty Larsen & Toubro Institute of Project Management has 17 years of teaching experience. He teaches Project Planning, Scheduling, Risk Management and Contract Administration for practicing professionals. His research interest includes Project Risk management, Designing PM curriculum and Simulation Games in Project Management Pedagogy. He has published papers in the area of construction Engineering and management and is actively involved in developing cases that can be used for training construction professionals.