ABSEL’s Contributions to Experiential Exercises in the 90’s


  • John K. Butler


In an attempt to capture the contribution of ABSEL to experiential exercises in the 1990s, proceedings papers for that decade were classified into three tiers (full, condensed, interactive); three tracks (exercises, simulations, multimedia); three categories (actual, assessment, design/ administration); and eight fields (marketing, OB/HRM, Policy, etc.). This analysis revealed some interesting events, terminologies, and trends. These included the advent of the condensed paper, the emergence of multimedia as a third track, the inclusion of practitioners, the development of a trend toward interactive workshops, and the invention of some new terms such as cooperative learning, collaborative learning, and jigsaw. Some suggestions are offered for exercises in the future.