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Patio Swings Intermodal Shipping Competition: An Inquiry Based Partial Information Exercise

Snider, B, Southin, N and Cole, Rosie (2019) Patio Swings Intermodal Shipping Competition: An Inquiry Based Partial Information Exercise Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 17 (2). pp. 146-162.

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Rather than providing all the required information as classroom exercises typically do, this international purchase and intermodal transportation competitive in-class exercise intentionally holds back selected supply chain details. This Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) approach simulates a real-world Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP) scenario by requiring students to identify what information they need and seek out those details from the instructor while competing with fellow student groups. In this 20-30 minute exercise students are challenged to identify the all the necessary supply chain activities required to effectively ship patio swings from a supplier in China to a national retail chain in time for a spring sale. Generating the benefits of improved critical thinking in a fraction of the time required for traditional IBL, the approach is best described as a Partial Information Exercise (PIE). A student survey (n=310) found that students strongly supported the inquiry approach, it generated significantly increased interest in global supply chain management roles and responsibilities, and over 91% of participants recommended the exercise continue to be part of the introductory operations and supply chain management course.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Snider, B
Southin, N
Date : 8 May 2019
DOI : 10.1111/dsji.12174
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Decision Sciences Institute. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Snider, B. , Southin, N. and Cole, R. (2019), Patio Swings Intermodal Shipping Competition: An Inquiry‐Based Partial Information Exercise. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 17: 146-162, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions
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Date Deposited : 21 Nov 2018 10:32
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