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Since 2001 Dr Andrew Greasley has been a Lecturer in Operations and Technology Management with the Operations and Information Management Department at Aston University. Between 1994 and 2001 he was a Lecturer (promoted to Senior Lecturer/School Reader) within the Derbyshire Business School at the University of Derby.

He is currently a Teaching Associate at Warwick Business School.

He has also worked for the University of Birmingham as a MBA Distance Learning Tutor as well as institutions in Europe (France, Greece, Hungary) and Africa (Zimbabwe, Malawi).

He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management.

He has supervised DBA and PhD students to completion and has been an internal and external DBA and PhD examiner.

He has extensive experience of working with organisations in the public and private sectors in the area of developing discrete-event simulation models in commercial software such as Arena and Simio. Details of his simulation projects can be found in the practitioner book ‘Simulating Business Processes for Descriptive, Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics’ published by DeGruyter in the USA in 2019.

He is interested in supervising PhD students and undertaking consultancy in the public and private sectors in the following areas of application:

  • Simulation models which implement machine learning approaches such as reinforcement learning
  • Simulation models which implement digital twins of processes
  • Simulation models which model aspects of human behaviour
  • Simulation models which model agent-based systems


A number of text books, monographs and practitioner guides have been published which aim to make a contribution in the areas of research, teaching and learning and impact in industry.


Simulation Modelling

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

[Practitioner Guide (USA/India market) and Text Book]

Top 1.2% in Book Sales on Amazon.com January 2020!

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.


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 Modeling (Business Process Simulation)

Simulation and Analytics

Simulation and Machine Learning

Business Process Management

Systems Thinking and Modeling

Teaching Activity

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), Aston University, 2007
Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Higher Education Academy, 2007
Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Derby, 1994

Contact Details

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

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Research Output

Absolute Essentials of Operations Management

Greasley, A., 19 Nov 2019, Routledge. 128 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Absolute Essentials of Operations Management eBook

    Greasley, A., 2019, Routledge. 124 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • A study on improving transport efficiency in multi-tier retail supply chains

    Venegas Vallejos, M., Matopoulos, A. & Greasley, A., 6 Sep 2019, 2019 Logistics Research Network Annual Conference. p. 12-17

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access

    Business Information Systems eBook: Technology, development and management for the modern business

    Bocij, P., Greasley, A. & Hickie, S., 2019, 6 ed. Pearson. 632 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook


    A simulation analysis of spoke-terminals operating in LTL Hub-and-Spoke freight distribution systems

    Author: Assi, A., 6 Jun 2013

    Supervisor: Greasley, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Business Administration

    Combining an enterprise resource planning system and informality: a study of efficiency and flexibility complmentarity [sic]

    Author: Wang, Y., 1 Jul 2014

    Supervisor: Greasley, A. (Supervisor) & Albores-Barajas, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Enabling the use of simulation

    Author: Greasley, A., Jun 2007

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



    Highly commended award

    Greasley, Andrew (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    • 2 Consultancy
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    5th International Conference on Advances in System Simulation

    Andrew Greasley (Speaker)

    27 Oct 20131 Nov 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Consultancy services, Warwickshire Police

    Andrew Greasley (Advisor)


    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

    Warwickshire Police

    Andrew Greasley (Visiting lecturer)


    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution