The Tournament Concept: Extending the Idea of Using Simulations as Instruments of Assessment


  • Precha Thavikulwat


Defining a competitive event as a setting wherein all competitors begin at the same or equivalent positions and a tournament as a collection of two or more competitive events, the tournament concept was tested in a very complex total-enterprise simulation that was organized into a tournament of 15 competitive events. The data supports the effectiveness of the tournament, and suggests that participants remained challenged for the entire 30 decision periods of the competition. Problems encountered that have since been resolved were the illiquidity of excess inventory, immobility of equipment, and unenforceability of organizational structure. The issue of breaking down overall scores into components corresponding to specific skills remains to be studied.