Simulation in the supply chain context:matching the simulation tool to the problem

Owen, Christopher, Albores, Pavel, Greasley, Andrew and Love, Doug (2010). Simulation in the supply chain context:matching the simulation tool to the problem. IN: Proceedings of the 2010 Operational Research Society simulation Workshop (SW10) : 23-24 March 2010, Worcestershire, England. Gunal, Murat (ed.) Operational Research Society.

Abstract

The supply chain can be a source of competitive advantage for the firm. Simulation is an effective tool for investigating supply chain problems. The three main simulation approaches in the supply chain context are System Dynamics (SD), Discrete Event Simulation (DES) and Agent Based Modelling (ABM). A sample from the literature suggests that whilst SD and ABM have been used to address strategic and planning problems, DES has mainly been used on planning and operational problems., A review of received wisdom suggests that historically, driven by custom and practice, certain simulation techniques have been focused on certain problem types. A theoretical review of the techniques, however, suggests that the scope of their application should be much wider and that supply chain practitioners could benefit from applying them in this broader way.

Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & information management
Aston Business School > Operations & information management research group
Aston Business School
Additional Information: CD-ROM
Event Title: 5th Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop, SW 2010
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2010-03-23 - 2010-03-24
Uncontrolled Keywords: agent based modelling,discrete event simulation,supply chain,system dynamics,Computer Science Applications,Computational Theory and Mathematics
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Published Date: 2010
Authors: Owen, Christopher ( 0000-0001-7305-119X)
Albores, Pavel ( 0000-0001-7509-9381)
Greasley, Andrew ( 0000-0001-6413-3978)
Love, Doug

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