Alphabetical List of Exercises

Exercises by Topic Area

Goals of Exercises



Experiential Exercises - Alphabetical List

The Experiential Learning Center maintains a comprehensive library of experiential exercises. These exercises were created or modified to be used in conjunction with regularly conducted classes and programs in the School of Business Administration. Arranged alphabetically, the current list of ELC exercises include:

Advanced Ethics
Airsopac: Choosing a CEO
Assertive Communication
Bafa-Bafa
Barnga
Bridge Building
Budget Cutting
The Buy-Out
The College Bookstore
Coloring Book
Common Target
Compensation Decision
Cooperation Communication
Desert Survival
Disarmament
Diversity and Tasks: (Endric & Daroo)
Ethics: Beckwot Operations Committee
Exploring Listening
Farmers
Greeting Cards, Inc.
Handling Difficult People
Hi Fli Fireworks
High Towers
Hollow Square
Independence Day
Interpersonal Ethics
Kramer Tool
Lego Man
The Looking Glass Inc.
Meta-4
Motus Manufacturing
New Truck Dilemma
The Organization Game
Paper Airplanes
Patterns of Organizational Communication
People are Different
Power in Organizations
Project Dolphin
Reduction in Force II
Responding to Difficult Questions
Ring Toss
Roxboro Electric Company
Rumor Clinic
Scrambled Squares
Southern California Power System/Western Oil Negotiations
Star Power
Subarctic Survival
Toy Towers
Vice President's In-Basket
The Who
Who Gets Hired
Win as Much as You Can
Words-in-Sentences




Structured Experiences - Topic Index

The Experiential Learning Center maintains a comprehensive library of experiential exercises. These exercises were created or modified to be used in conjunction with regularly conducted classes and programs in the School of Business Administration. The library, which contains regularly facilitated exercises, is arranged into 16 topic areas based on the primary educational goals of the individual activities. Individual exercises may address several major goals and therefore may appear in multiple categories:

Topic Areas
Activities
Communication: Assertive Communication, Bafa-Bafa, Barnga, Common Target, Cooperation Communication, Exploring Listening, Farmers, Handling Difficult People, Hi Fli, Hollow Square, Patterns of Organizational Communication, People are Different, Responding to Difficult Questions, Who Gets Hired.
Consulting: Roxboro Electric Co.
Cultural Diversity and Perceptions:

Bafa-Bafa, Barnga, Diversity and Tasks (Endric & Daroo), People are Different.
Decision Making and Problem Solving:

Advanced Ethics, Airsopac, Bridge Building, Budget Cutting, College Bookstore, Common Target, Compensation Decision, Desert Survival, Ethics, High Tower, Hollow Square, Lego Man, The Looking Glass Inc., Meta-4, New Truck Dilemma, The Organization Game, Reduction in Force II, Subarctic Survival.
Ethics: Advanced Ethics, Ethics, Interpersonal Ethics, Reduction in Force II.
Group Structure and Processes:

Common Target, Cooperation Communication, Desert Survival, Farmers, Patterns of Organizational Communication, Scrambled Squares, Subarctic Survival.
Human Resources: Airsopac, Compensation Decision, Handling Difficult People, Kramer Tool, Motus Manufacturing, New Truck Dilemma, Reduction in Force II, Who Gets Hired.
Interviewing: Vice-President's In-Basket.
Introduction to the ELC:

Barnga, Cooperation Communication, Rumor Clinic, The Who.
Leadership, Power and Influence:

Budget Cutting, Kramer Tool, Paper Airplanes, Power in Organizations, Star Power, Who Gets Hired, Words-in-Sentences.
Motivation: Compensation Decision, Motus Manufacturing, Ring Toss.
Negotiation: Budget Cutting, The Buy Out, College Bookstore, Disarmament, Independence Day, Power in Organizations, Star Power, Southern Cal Power Systems/Western Oil Negotiation, Win as Much as You Can.
Org Simulations: Hi Fli, The Looking Glass Inc., The Organization Game.
Org Structure and Design:

Coloring Book, Greeting Cards, Meta-4, Patterns of Organizational Communication, Roxboro Electric Company, Words-in Sentences.
Planning: Bridge Building, Budget Cutting, The Buy-Out, High Towers, Hollow Square, Lego Man, The Looking Glass, Inc., Meta-4, The Organization Game, Paper Airplanes, Project Dolphin.




Experiential Exercises - Goals

Advanced Ethics

  • To increase awareness of the use of ethical principles.
  • To examine social responsibility and experience multiple perspectives when discussing ethical issues in a business context.
  • To experience problem solving and decision making in an ethical context.

Airsopac: Choosing a CEO

  • To engage in a group decision-making process where different individual values and attitudes are encountered.
  • To experience a human resource decision that involves the evaluation and joint selection of a new CEO from several highly qualified candidates.

Assertive Communication

  • To increase awareness of assertive communication.
  • To demonstrate the risks inherent in aggressive communication.
  • To provide practice using assertive communication.

Bafa-Bafa

  • To examine the effect that values, norms, and behaviors have on cross cultural interactions.
  • To increase awareness of communication barriers between cultures.
  • To explore the implications of organizational cultures for individual behavior.

Barnga

  • To increase understanding of hidden norms within cultures.
  • To experience the awareness and reconciliation of cultural based misunderstandings.
  • To examine communication between group members that appear to have many similarities, yet have slightly different norms.

Bridge Building

  • To highlight skills necessary for group effectiveness in problem solving.
  • To experience the importance and benefits of detailed planning.
  • To examine the process of team building.

Budget Cutting

  • To provide experience in organizational planning and the establishment of priorities.
  • To explore conflict resolution methods in group problem solving and decision-making.
  • To practice the negotiation of budget items and the use of influence within an organization.

The Buy-Out

  • To experience a complex business negotiation.
  • To highlight the importance of planning in the negotiation process.
  • To increase awareness of the positions of the other participant(s) in the negoiation.

The College Bookstore

  • To increase understanding of top management decision-making.
  • To examine the role of interest groups in decision-making.
  • To explore the role of conflict in negoiation.

Coloring Book

  • To explore the relationship between organizational structure and task complexity.

  • To examine problem solving processes when an organization is faced with uncertainty.
  • To examine the role of communication in group problem-solving.
  • To increase awareness of organizational change and development processes.

Compensation Decision

  • To practice the development of individualized compensation and benefit packages.
  • To experience human resource decision making and problem solving.
  • To explore the concept of motivation and motivational theories.
  • To examine compensation plans as a component of a business strategy.

Cooperation Communication

  • To experience the effect of decentralization on the communication process.
  • To experience multiple interdependent groups working to solve a common problem.

Desert Survival

  • To develop an understanding of group problem solving.
  • To compare individual versus group decision making.
  • To experience decision making by consensus.

Disarmament

  • To explore the relationships between competition, collaboration and trust.
  • To experience inter-group negotiation in the context of a prisoner's dilemma.

Diversity and Tasks: (Endric &Daroo)

  • To develop the participants' understanding of the complexities of working in culturally diverse teams.
  • To provide the participants with an opportunity to understand how culturally diverse work teams operate and to explore the benefits in a simulated environment.

Ethics: Beckwot Operations Committee

  • To explore the concept of ethical decision-making as it relates to business and personal decisions.
  • To practice making decisions according to an ethical model.

Exploring Listening

  • To introduce key issues about listening.
  • To illustrate distortions that may occur in transmission of information.

Farmers

  • To examine spoken communication in group problem solving.
  • To explore collaboration and information sharing in problem solving.

Greeting Cards, Inc.

  • To compare the experience of working in alternative organizational structures.
  • To explore elements of task assignment, redesign, and evolution.

Handling Difficult People

  • To provide participants with an opportunity to experience a number of difficult interpersonal situations in organizations.
  • To explore communication during various interpersonal conflicts.

Hi Fli Fireworks

  • To develop an understanding of the communication process within an organization.
  • To provide a common organizational experience through which general communication principles are illustrated.
  • To experience the communication difficulties associated with operating an organization.

High Towers

  • To experience the importance of planning as a function of successful task completion.
  • To identify the constraints of time, organization, and outside factors involved in problem solving.

Hollow Square

  • To examine communication between those who develop a plan and those who execute it.
  • To explore both helpful and hindering communication behaviors in planning, assigning, and completing tasks.
  • To examine communication factors that promote or inhibit effective problem solving.

Independence Day

  • To provide practice at negotiation.
  • To demonstrate the conflicting goals and difficulty of compromise involved in negotiation.

Interpersonal Ethics

  • To explore the concept of ethical decision-making in an interpersonal context.
  • To practice making business decisions according to an ethical model.

Kramer Tool

  • To explore the concept of "situation leadership."
  • To practice behaviors that are effective in human resource conflict resolution.
  • To examine group problem solving.

Lego Man

  • To experience the effects of inter-group competition on planning.
  • To explore the process of problem solving in groups.

The Looking Glass Inc.

  • To experience the role of manager and engage in typical management activities such as setting priorities, delegating, making complex decisions, and managing resources.
  • To examine how channels of communication develop, both formal and informal, and assess their effect on organizational operations and decision-making.
  • To see how individual differences in leadership styles, interpersonal skills, and personal experience affect the climate of groups and organizations.

Meta-4

  • To experience the evolution of an organization (objectives, process, and structure).
  • To develop a system to accomplish objectives using limited resources (e.g., time and materials).
  • To recognize the effect external factors and conditions have on organizational development.

Motus Manufacturing

  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of multiple motivational theories.
  • To provide a theoretical foundation for individual strategies used to motivate employees.
  • To allow students to experience working conditions under different motivational techniques.

New Truck Dilemma

  • To examine problems of resource allocation within organizations.
  • To explore the issue of managerial decision making.
  • To recognize the issue of fairness in human resource decisions.

The Organization Game

  • To experiment with key concepts and issues in the management of organizations, organizational behavior, organizational theory, and organizational change.
  • To integrate and apply knowledge and skill related to individual, interpersonal, group, inter-group, and organizational behaviors to the design and management of an organization.
  • To engage in the management activities of setting priorities, delegating, strategic planning, decisions making, human resource management and production scheduling while dealing with issues of international competition, diversity, production quality, organizational development, and unplanned event.

Paper Airplanes

  • To demonstrate different leadership styles.
  • To examine the effect differences in leadership have on group performance and satisfaction.
  • To experience planning and production under different leadership styles

Patterns of Organizational Communication

  • To experience the advantages and disadvantages of different communication networks.
  • To examine the effects of group structures on satisfaction and performance.

People are Different

  • To experience communication between diverse individuals.
  • To increase awareness of diversity issues related to individual norms and expectations.

Power in Organizations

  • To illustrate the sources of power and uses of influence tactics.
  • To experience the use of power in decision making.
  • To negotiate organizational decisions in a setting of differential power.

Project Dolphin

  • To develop an understanding of the overall process of planning.
  • To gain an understanding of the phases of the planning process.
  • To increase group problem-solving skills.

Reduction in Force II

  • To experience human resource decision making.
  • To illustrate the effect individual values and ethics have on decision making.

Responding to Difficult Questions

  • To provide practice for responding to difficult questions.
  • To demonstrate the risks inherent in unplanned responses.
  • To encourage participants to develop a strategy for responding to difficult questions.

Ring Toss

  • To explore motivation as needs for achievement, affiliation, power.
  • To examine goal setting and performance standards.

Roxboro Electric Company

  • To provide an experience sensing organizational problems.
  • To practice skills in organizational diagnosis and action planning.
  • To develop interview skills in a consultant-client setting.

Rumor Clinic

  • To illustrate distortions that may occur in the transmission of information from an original source through several individuals to a final destination.

Scrambled Squares

  • To develop task coordination.
  • To study group problem solving under conditions of poor communication.

Southern California Power System/Western Oil Negotiations

  • To experience a complex business negotiation.
  • To highlight the importance of planning in the negotiation process.
  • To increase awareness of the positions of the other participant(s) in the negotiation.

Star Power

  • To practice bargaining and negotiation skills individually and in groups.
  • To highlight the use and protection of power.

Subarctic Survival

  • To compare individual to group problem solving and decision making.
  • To explore group processes and the use of synergy to improve outcomes.

Toy Towers

  • To practice group problem solving.
  • To demonstrate the necessity for planning in resources allocation and production.
  • To point out the need for cooperation and coordination between departments, sub-groups, and individuals.

Vice President's In-Basket

  • To experience setting task priorities.
  • To increase awareness of role delegation in organizations.

The Who

  • To explore problem solving strategies.
  • To introduce the ELC to participants.

Who Gets Hired

  • To practice communication skills with persuasive presentations.
  • To develop influence and advocacy skills.
  • To experience the employee selection process.

Win as Much as You Can

  • To explore the relationships between competition, collaboration and trust.
  • To experience inter-group negotiation in the context of a prisoner's dilemma.

Words-in-Sentences

  • To experience the design and operation of an organization.
  • To compare production and quality outputs under different organizational structures and/or leadership styles.

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