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Phone:+44(0)121 204 3110
Email: a.greasley@aston.ac.uk
Room: ABS255


Dr Andrew Greasley began using simulation when he joined the Business Modelling Centre at the University of Derby in 1988. The centre offered a simulation consultancy service to local industry and used the SIMAN/CINEMA system. SIMAN was the first major simulation language for the IBM PC. After a period as an academic at the University of Derby from 1994 he moved to Aston University in 2001.

He has extensive experience of developing and implementing simulation applications in the public and private sector including working with companies such as ABB Transportation Ltd. (now Bombardier), Derbyshire Constabulary, GMT Hunslet Ltd., Golden Wonder Ltd., Luxfer Gas Cylinders Ltd., Marks and Spencer PLC, Pall-Ex Holdings Ltd., Rolls Royce Ltd. (Industrial Power Group), Southern Derbyshire Health Authority, Stanton Valves Ltd., Tecquipment Ltd., Textured Jersey Ltd. and Warwickshire Police.

He has taught simulation as a Visiting Lecturer at a number of institutions in Europe and Africa. He currently teaches discrete-event simulation to postgraduate students at Aston University and The University of Warwick. He has supervised a number of PhD and DBA students to completion and has been an internal and external examiner for PhD and DBA students. He is interested in supervising further students in the area of discrete-event simulation. 

In terms of research he has over 140 publications including in journals such as the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Technovation, Computers in Industry and Simulation. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management. A number of text books, monographs and practitioner guides have been published which are shown below.

Simulation Modelling

Greasley, A. (due in 2022) Simulation Modelling, Taylor & Francis Group. [Text Book]

Greasley, A. (2019) Simulating Business Processes for Descriptive, Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics, De Gruyter Press. [Practitioner Guide (USA/India market)] Available in paperback, pdf, epub formats at https://doi.org/10.1515/9781547400690-201, Available in paperback format at www.amazon.co.uk

Greasley, A. (2008) Enabling a Simulation Capability in the Organisation, Springer Verlag Ltd: London. [Monograph] Available in hardback version and kindle formats at www.amazon.co.uk, 2010 reprint available in paperback at www.amazon.co.uk

Greasley, A. (2004) Simulation Modelling for Business, Ashgate Limited: Aldershot. [Text Book] Available in hardback version at www.amazon.co.uk, 2017 reprint available in ebook version at www.routledge.com, 2017 reprint available in hardback and kindle formats at www.amazon.co.uk

Operations Management

Greasley, A. (2019) Absolute Essentials of Operations Management, Routledge. [Shortform Textbook] Available in hardback and ebook versions at www.routledge.com, Available in hardback and kindle versions at www.amazon.co.uk

Greasley, A. (2013) Operations Management, 3rd Edition, John Wiley and Sons Ltd.: Chichester. [Text Book] Available in paperback version at www.amazon.co.uk

Greasley, A. (2008) Operations Management: Sage Course Companion, Sage Publications Ltd.: London. [Revision Guide] Available in hardback, paperback and kindle versions at www.amazon.co.uk

Greasley, A. (1999), Operations Management in Business, Stanley Thornes (Publishers) Ltd.: Cheltenham. [Text Book] Available in paperback at www.amazon.co.uk

Business Information Systems

Bocij, P.; Greasley, A.; Hickie, S. (2019) Business Information Systems: Technology, Development and Management for the Modern Business, 6th edition, Pearson Education Ltd.: Harlow. [Text Book] Available in paperback and kindle versions at www.amazon.co.uk


Research Interests

Discrete-Event Simulation Modelling



Teaching Activity

BN1157 (UG) Principles of Operations Management (1st Year)

BN2210 (UG) Operations Management (2nd year)

BN3349 (UG) Operations Strategy, Systems and Implementation (final year) (module leader)

BNM802 (PG) Simulation for Managerial Decision Making (module leader)

BNM802J (PG) Simulation for Managerial Decision Making (module leader)

BNC301 (PG) Advanced Operations (module leader)


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Lecturer in Operations and Technology Management, Aston University.

Teaching Associate, University of Warwick.

MBA Distance Learning Tutor, University of Birmingham

Senior Lecturer/School Reader, University of Derby.

Visiting Lecturer at institutions in Europe (France, Greece, Hungary) and Africa (Zimbabwe, Malawi).


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