Conference, 15 January 2014, Poznań


In a knowledge-based economy the effectiveness of training is one of the core features of human resource management. Training is the main method of developing employees' skills, which in the long term leads to companies achieving a competitive advantage. The most important problem is not connected with the information which the trainees need to acquire, but with the methods of training. Training methods determine the effectiveness of the training, the involvement of the employees, and the durability of the outcomes.

The closer the training is to the real world of work, the greater its effectiveness. Analysing the materials and good practises of a number of training providers, the most effective methods for reducing the gap between theory and practise are experiential methods based on ICT, like virtual strategic games. Virtual strategic games as an educational method are based on the involvement of the employees being trained, analyses of business world situations, creating a process of decision making by the trainees and feedback on the results of business decisions.

The aim of the conference is to discuss such innovative teaching methods from both a theoretical and a practical point of view. Discussions on the effectiveness of business education, especially using virtual strategic games as a teaching method, are particularly welcome. Good training practices, the challenges and obstacles connected with this method, as well as comparisons with other innovative methods will be presented and analysed.

Conference agenda

Conference contents

  • State-of-the-art approaches and methodologies, plus their applications in business education, paying particular attention to the virtual strategic games method;
  • Presentation and discussion on trends in business education and training methods;
  • The potential use of virtual strategic games in business education;
  • Presentation and discussion on scenario preparation for virtual strategic games in business education;
  • Presentation and discussion on collaboration with companies in preparing scenarios for virtual strategic games;
  • Presentation of practical solutions for implementing the virtual strategic games method in business education;
  • Discussion on the reactions of trainees to the virtual strategic games method in business education;
  • Guidance for further research and development;
  • Building a bridge between research and practice.

During the conference a presentation will take place of a virtual strategic game developed within the project. Interested persons can test the game online after the conference from January 20 to 24.

Conference fee

There is no conference fee, but participants will have to cover their own accommodation and travel expenses.

Possibilities for publication

Papers discussed during the conference can be submitted to the Poznan University of Economics Review, an international journal published by Poznan University of Economics since 2001, indexed and distributed in Ebsco and ProQuest.

Conference calendar

December 15, 2013 - Deadline for the registration of participants

January 15, 2014 - Conference in Poznan, Poland

January 20-24, 2014 - Gaming session for the virtual strategic game

February 28, 2014 - Deadline for the submission of papers

March-September, 2014 - Reviewing and correcting process

January, 2015 - Publication of papers

Registration form

Conference registration form

Scientific Committee of the Conference

  • Mario Diethart, University of Graz, Austria
  • Konrad Fuks, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
  • Aleksandra Gaweł, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
  • Piotr Januszewski, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
  • Maciej Pietrzykowski, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
  • Filippina Risopoulos, University of Graz, Austria
  • Tomas Sabaliauskas, ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania

Organizational Committee of the Conference

  • Aleksandra Cicha, Wielkopolska Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Jacek Jankiewicz, Poznan University of Economics
  • Katarzyna Mroczek, Poznan University of Economics
  • Agnieszka Pawlak, Poznan University of Economics
  • Anna Wach-Kakolewicz, Poznan University of Economics


Professor Aleksandra Gaweł, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr Katarzyna Mroczek, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Poznan University of Economics
Al. Niepodleglości 10, 61-875 Poznan, Poland
Fax: +48 61 854 33 12, Tel.: +48 61 854 36 10

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