Analyzing Experiential Exercise: Using the Scientific Method for Problem Solving

John K. Butler

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This paper presents the scientific method in six steps and recommends that students use it as a structured framework for analyzing experiential exercises. It is argued that managers should think and behave as scientists. As such, they must understand cause-effect relationships, as specified in process models, in order to explain and predict the outcomes of their decisions. A definition of process model is offered, and an example conversion of a content model into a process model is presented. Using process models to explain activities, communications, and consequences of experiential exercises forces students to learn both the components and the applications of the models. An outline format is suggested as a tool for facilitating both students’ and instructors’ tasks concerning exercise analyses.

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