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

Singapore Management University School of Accountancy Research Paper No. 2019-101

48 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2019

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Poh-Sun Seow

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy

Gary Pan

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy

Grace Koh

Singapore Management University

Date Written: December 12, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Seow, Poh-Sun and Pan, Gary and Koh, Grace, Examining an Experiential Learning Approach to Prepare Students for the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) Work Environment (December 12, 2018). The International Journal of Management Education, Forthcoming; Singapore Management University School of Accountancy Research Paper No. 2019-101. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3300005

Poh-Sun Seow (Contact Author)

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Singapore

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Gary Pan

Singapore Management University - School of Accountancy ( email )

60 Stamford Road
Singapore 178900
Singapore

Grace Koh

Singapore Management University ( email )

Li Ka Shing Library
70 Stamford Road
Singapore 178901, 178899
Singapore

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