Increasing the use of simulation in business

Andrew Greasley*

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Abstract

The nature of Discrete-Event Simulation (DES) and the use of DES in organisations is changing. Two important developments are the use of Visual Interactive Modelling systems and the use of DES in Business Process Management (BPM) projects. Survey research is presented that shows that despite these developments usage of DES remains relatively low due to a lack of knowledge of the benefits of the technique. This paper considers two factors that could lead to a greater achievement and appreciation of the full benefit of DES and thus lead to greater usage. Firstly in relation to using DES to investigate social systems, both in the process of undertaking a simulation project and in the interpretation of the findings a 'soft' approach may generate more knowledge from the DES intervention and thus increase its benefit to businesses. Secondly in order to assess the full range of outcomes of DES the technique could be considered from the perspective of an information processing tool within the organisation. This will allow outcomes to be considered under the three modes of organisational information use of sense making, knowledge creating and decision making which relate to the theoretical areas of knowledge management, organisational learning and decision making respectively. The association of DES with these popular techniques could further increase its usage in business.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSummer Computer Simulation Conference 2005, SCSC 2005, Part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference, SummerSim 2005
Subtitle of host publicationpart of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference (SummerSim’05) : Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA 24-28 July 2005
Place of PublicationNew York, NY (US)
PublisherCurran
Pages400-405
Number of pages6
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9781622763511
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventSummer Computer Simulation Conference 2005, SCSC 2005, Part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference, SummerSim 2005 - Cherry Hill, NJ, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jul 200528 Jul 2005

Conference

ConferenceSummer Computer Simulation Conference 2005, SCSC 2005, Part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference, SummerSim 2005
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCherry Hill, NJ
Period24/07/0528/07/05

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Discrete event simulation
Discrete Event Simulation
Industry
Simulation
Decision making
Decision Making
Organizational Learning
Business
Business Process Management
Social Systems
Information use
Knowledge Management
Knowledge management
Project management
Information Processing
System Modeling

Keywords

  • methodology
  • survey

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Greasley, A. (2005). Increasing the use of simulation in business. In Summer Computer Simulation Conference 2005, SCSC 2005, Part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference, SummerSim 2005: part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference (SummerSim’05) : Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA 24-28 July 2005 (Vol. 1, pp. 400-405). New York, NY (US): Curran.
Greasley, Andrew. / Increasing the use of simulation in business. Summer Computer Simulation Conference 2005, SCSC 2005, Part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference, SummerSim 2005: part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference (SummerSim’05) : Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA 24-28 July 2005. Vol. 1 New York, NY (US) : Curran, 2005. pp. 400-405
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Greasley, A 2005, Increasing the use of simulation in business. in Summer Computer Simulation Conference 2005, SCSC 2005, Part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference, SummerSim 2005: part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference (SummerSim’05) : Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA 24-28 July 2005. vol. 1, Curran, New York, NY (US), pp. 400-405, Summer Computer Simulation Conference 2005, SCSC 2005, Part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference, SummerSim 2005, Cherry Hill, NJ, United Kingdom, 24/07/05.

Increasing the use of simulation in business. / Greasley, Andrew.

Summer Computer Simulation Conference 2005, SCSC 2005, Part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference, SummerSim 2005: part of the 2005 Summer Simulation Multiconference (SummerSim’05) : Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA 24-28 July 2005. Vol. 1 New York, NY (US) : Curran, 2005. p. 400-405.

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

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