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Developing Organizational Simulations

A Guide for Practitioners, Students, and Researchers, 2nd Edition

By George C. Thornton III, Rose A. Mueller-Hanson, Deborah E. Rupp


238 pages

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This second edition of Developing Organizational Simulations provides a concise source of information on effective and practical methods for constructing simulation exercises for the assessment of psychological characteristics relevant to effectiveness in work organizations. Incorporating new additions such as the multiple ways technology can be used in the design, delivery, scoring, and evaluating of simulation exercises, as well as the delivery of feedback based on the results, this book is user-friendly with practical how-to guidance, including many graphics, boxes, and examples. This book is ideal for practitioners, consultants, HR specialists, students, and researchers in need of guidance developing organizational simulations for personnel selection, promotion, diagnosis, training, or research. It is also suited for courses, workshops, and training programs in testing and measurement, personnel selection, training and development, and research methodology.


"In the second edition of this book, Thornton, Mueller-Hanson, and Rupp present a perfect mix of best practices, recent theories, empirical evidence, and examples for designing high-fidelity and low-fidelity simulations. Therefore, this book represents an excellent updated 'do-it-yourself' guide for all HR professionals, consultants, and students interested in developing such simulations."

Filip Lievens, Ghent University, Belgium

"Thornton, Mueller-Hanson, and Rupp have produced an indispensable resource for HR and assessment professionals. This comprehensive book provides a practical, empirically-based, and innovative guide for designing simulations that will effectively drive critical talent decisions in the 21st century workplace."

John C. Scott, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, APTMetrics, Inc.

"I find this book to be a great resource for anyone interested in learning about simulations. It is well written, adequately cited, very well organized, and, most importantly, has something for everyone (in varying proportions, of course), so go grab your copy! And, live long and prosper!"

- Bharati B. Belwalkar, Personnel Administrator, Civil Service Department, City of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Table of Contents

Part I: Concepts and Principles 1.Simulations in Context 2. Developing Simulations Step by Step 3. Theories, Principles, and Conceptual Frameworks Relevant for Constructing Simulations 4. General Issues and Specific Tips for Constructing Simulations 5. Technology and Simulations Part II: Categories and Types of Simulations 6. Individual Interpersonal Simulations 7. Individual Information Simulations 8. Intra-Group Simulations 9. Inter-Group Simulations 10. Simulations Involving Physical Activities 11. Low-Fidelity Simulations 12. Integrated Simulations: A "Day-in-the-Life" Part III: Implementation and Evaluation 13.Choosing and Training Assessors, Role Players, Administrators, Feedback Providers/Coaches, and Technical Support Persons 14. Demonstrating the Value of Simulations 15. Ensuring Simulations are Compliant with Statutes, Regulations, Standards, and Guidelines 16. Summary and Conclusions Regarding Organizational Simulations

About the Authors

George C. Thornton III is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Colorado State University, USA. He specializes in assessment centers and implications of employment discrimination law for personnel psychology. He is the lead author of Assessment Center Perspectives for Talent Management Strategies.

Rose A. Mueller-Hanson is Associate Director/CFO at Community Interface Services, USA. She specializes in developing and implementing talent management programs and has published numerous articles and given presentations on a variety of talent management topics.

Deborah E. Rupp is Professor and William C. Byham Chair in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Purdue University, USA. She specializes in the psychometric, technological, cross-cultural, legal, and ethical issues inherent in workplace behavioral assessment. She also consults and conducts research in the areas of organizational justice/ethics, corporate social responsibility, and humanitarian work psychology.

About the Series

Applied Psychology Series

Bridging both academic and applied interests, the Applied Psychology Series offers publications that emphasize state-of-the-art research and its application to important issues of human behavior in a variety of societal settings. To date, more than 50 books in various fields of applied psychology have been published in this series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology