This anthology advances a radical agenda for those in higher education, arguing that teaching activities should focus not primarily on knowledge acquisition but behaviour, because institutions of higher education now ‘have become the training centres of the professional practitioner’. Today’s students, the knowledge workers, professionals and leaders of tomorrow, face a double challenge. They will have to survive organisations and they will have to help organisations survive. They will be called upon to help organisations find and realise innovative strategies for a sustainable future. Consequently, higher education curricula must focus on key components of professional behaviour and experiential learning must be central to this strategy. ‘Play’ is a profound engine of change, central to learning and development rather than something to be kept apart from it. Consequently those in higher education need to embrace it as a concept integral to effective learning engagement.
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Claus Nygaard is Professor in Management Education at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Nigel Courtney is Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, City University London, UK. Elyssebeth Leigh is a simulation professional, spending more than 30 years applying simulation strategies and techniques to enhance learning in business and academic settings in Australia and numerous other countries.