The concept is not new. Vocational experiential learning dates back to the 17th century. The concept of the BPF was developed over 40 years ago in Germany to teach students the fundamentals of the business world through hands-on experience, rather than case studies and role-playing. It was a tool especially used in vocational rehabilitation, initial training, and adult re-training.
In the early business/office simulation programs, the environment was completely teacher-driven. Today, computer simulations in areas such as marketing and management are popular choices to assist the student in putting "theory" into practice. It is, however, the BPF course of study that truly "brings home" the complexities and interrelationships of the real business world.