An Overview of Acquiring Cognitive Skills While Receiving Spreadsheet Training

An Overview of Acquiring Cognitive Skills While Receiving Spreadsheet Training

S. E. Kruck (James Madison University, USA), John J. Maher (Pamplin College of Business, USA) and Reza Barkhi (Virginia Tech, USA)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-257-2.ch016
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Abstract

It is well documented that electronic spreadsheet models utilized in many professions to enhance decision-making frequently contain errors that have negative effects on the ultimate quality of decisions. Limited research has been published that systematically identifies potential reasons for the causes of these errors, and what procedures can be taken to minimize or eliminate them. Our research provides initial evidence concerning this problem area by investigating how several important cognitive skills are affected by formalized spreadsheet training. Results indicate that one cognitive skill, logical reasoning, significantly increases after a six-week training period.

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