The Relationship between Learning and Performance in a Total Enterprise Simulation: Revisited and New Data


  • Jerry Gosenpud
  • John Washbush


This paper re-explores the relationship between learning and performance in the total enterprise simulation, cites recent research on the topic, and reports the results of a pilot study performed by this paper’s authors. Research from twenty or so years ago reports mixed results as to whether the players who perform the best in a competitive simulation also learn the most, and scholars in the past have attempted to attribute negative results to imperfect simulations. Research from 2009 (Wolfe and Deloch, 2009), and the present study found positive results between simulation learning and performance, suggesting that data can be attained to demonstrate the validity of the simulation as a learning tool. This paper recommends that the field review the issue and initiate new research.