Examining an Experiential Learning Approach to Prepare Students for the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) Work Environment
The International Journal of Management Education, Forthcoming
48 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2019
Date Written: December 12, 2018
Due to the constantly changing work environment, there is a need for universities to produce students who can adapt in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) work environment. A university in Singapore introduced its UNIS-X experiential learning pedagogy to prepare her students with future work skills to cope with a VUCA work environment. The UNIS-X approach encompasses four principles (project-based learning; interdisciplinarity; close collaboration between faculty and external partners; and active mentoring) in a single course. The aim of this study is to examine the effectiveness of the UNIS-X experiential learning pedagogy. Although the UNIS-X group has a higher improvement of problem-solving skills compared to the non-UNIS-X group, the difference was not significant. However, the findings from focus group discussions indicate that students shared positive feedback on the effectiveness of the UNIS-X pedagogy in developing their cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies. Students were positive about their UNIS-X experiential learning journey.
Keywords: experiential learning, VUCA work environment, real world problems, problem-solving skills
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