Friday, 2 August 2013

Playing With a Concept: Teaching Job Characteristics Model With a Tinkertoy® Builder Set

an article by Diana Lazarova Smrt (University of Michigan–Dearborn, Dearborn, USA) and Reed Elliot Nelson (UNINOVE, Agua Branca, Sao Paulo, Brazil) published in Journal of Management Education Volume 37 Number 4 (August 2013)


Using a toy construction set, we introduce to students the job characteristics model in a fun and engaging way.

The activity not only describes the theoretical variables of the model but also allows students to
  1. experience the dynamic interaction among these variables and
  2. gain a better, hands-on understanding of the model.
The exercise progresses through three stages where participants are gradually exposed to different manipulations of the variables in the job characteristics model.

The exercise can be conducted in one quick-paced 75-minute class session.

Hazel’s comment:
We never had fun when I was learning about job characteristics.

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