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



I have over 25 years of teaching and assessment experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

My current teaching comprises:

Aston Business School

BN1157 (UG) Principles of Operations Management

BN2210 (UG) Operations Management

BN3349 (UG) Operations Strategy (module leader) 

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

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

Student satisfaction feedback scores 2021

  • BN3349 (UG) Operations Strategy 4.2/5
  • BNM802 (PG) Simulation Modelling 4.2/5
  • IB9V60 (PG) (Warwick) Discrete Event Simulation 4.6/5

I have prepared and delivered teaching material as a Visiting Lecturer to a number of institutions including the University of Warwick, The University of Birmingham and in Europe (France, Greece, Hungary) and Africa (Malawi, Zimbabwe).

I have also published the following textbooks as a contribution to teaching:

Greasley, A. (Submitted, to be published September 2022) Simulation Modelling: Concepts, Tools and Practical Business Applications, Routledge.


Greasley, A. (2020) Absolute Essentials of Operations Management, Routledge.

Greasley, A. (2019) Simulating Business Processes for Descriptive, Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics, De Gruyter Press.


Bocij, P., Greasley, A., Hickie, S. (2018) Business Information Systems: Technology, Development and Management for the Modern Business, 6th edition, Pearson Education Ltd.: Harlow.

Greasley, A. (2017) Simulation Modelling for Business, Routledge.

Greasley, A. (2013) Operations Management, 3rd Edition, John Wiley and Sons Ltd.: Chichester.

Greasley, A. (2008) Enabling a Simulation Capability in the Organisation, Springer Verlag Ltd: London.



I have over 140 publications including 5 4* articles (IJOPM) and 5 3* (JORS, Technovation, Computers in Industry) articles in my career so far as the main author.


h index 23, citations 2393 (google scholar)


I have contributed to the following projects leading to securing external research funding

Albores, P., Greasley, A., Parkes, G, Theodorakopoulos, N. Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), £204,802. (Ziath Ltd., 2022)

Matopoulos, A.; Greasley, A. ESRC National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) Innovation Placements, £3000 for industrial secondment of PhD student (2020).

Clegg, B.; Owen, C.; Rackliff, L.; Albores, P.; Greasley, A.; Edwards, J. Minimising the impact of disruptive incidents for passengers through improved information sharing, £71,661. (Chiltern Railways, 2014)

Greasley, A. A Simulation to Assess Staffing Levels at a Police Control Room, Warwickshire Police, £3000 (EREBUS Impact Voucher, 2013)

Shaw, D.; Clegg, B.; Dey, P.; Greasley A. ‘Supporting Our Security Officers’, Department for Transport, Security and Contingencies Directorate, Operational layout and technology change implemented at Birmingham International Airport check-in process. £175,000 (DSTL/DfT TRANSEC, 2008)

My current research interests include the use of Hybrid Modelling - the combined use of discrete-event simulation and other analytical techniques such as machine learning

Greasley. A. and Edwards, J.S. (2021) “Enhancing discrete-event simulation with big data analytics: A review”, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 72(2), pp. 247-267.

Greasley, A. (2020) A simulation of autonomous robot movement directed by reinforcement learning, 32nd European Modeling and Simulation Symposium, EMSS 2020, pp. 10-15.

I am a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management.

Research output has been generated through Research Degree supervision and I have supervised to completion 3 PhD, 1 DBA and 1 MPhil student. I am currently supervising 1 PhD student with a planned completion date of 2022.



I have 25 years of experience in the use of specialised discrete-event simulation software. My initial experience is using the simulation coding language SIMAN to code simulation models with additional coding using FORTRAN for file processing. The past 15 years has seen the use of virtual interactive modelling systems (VIMS), primarily Arena, Simul8 and Simio. I have also used the Optquest optimisation software which provides an optimisation capability for the simulation software.

I have extensive experience of the application of simulation modelling software in industry including the analysis, design and implementation of computer-based business process simulation models to industrial clients including ABB Transportation Ltd. (now Bombardier), BPM. (Midlands) Ltd., Derbyshire Constabulary, Gateshead Garden Festival (monorail), GMT Hunslet Ltd., Golden Wonder Ltd., Hearth Woodcraft 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., Warwickshire Police, Wilson Trusts Ltd.

Case studies of my work have been published in the following text:

Greasley, A. (2019) Simulating Business Processes for Descriptive, Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics, De Gruyter Press.

Research Interests

Discrete-Event Simulation Modelling

Hybrid Simulation (combined use of DES, SD and ABS)

Hybrid Modelling (combined use of Simulation and Machine Learning)



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)


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Simulation Modelling

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Lecturer in Operations and Technology Management, Aston University.

Other Visiting Lecturer and teaching activity:

Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham

CERAM, Sophia Antipolis, France

Zimbabwe Institute of Management, Harare, Zimbabwe 

Malawi Institute of Management, Malawi

Keckesmet Institute, Keckesmet, Hungary

Mediterrranean College, Athens, Greece

Professional/editorial offices

Editorial Board

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management (ISSN: 1741-038x) 2016-present


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