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Comparing discrete-event simulation and system dynamics: users' perceptions

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posted on 03.04.2012 by Antuela Tako, Stewart Robinson
This paper is the first of its type in that it provides an empirical study comparing the two simulation approaches of discrete-event simulation (DES) and system dynamics (SD). Prior comparison work is limited and mostly based on the authors' personal opinions. In the present work, the comparison is based on managers' (executive MBA students) perceptions of two simulation models of the same problem, one in DES and one in SD. The study found that there is no significant difference from the users' point of view between DES and SD in terms of model understanding and model usefulness. Some minor differences were found in terms of complexity and validity of the models, and the model results. The implications of our findings regarding model understanding, model complexity, model validity, model usefulness and model results are discussed.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Citation

TAKO, A.A. and ROBINSON, S., 2009. Comparing discrete-event simulation and system dynamics: users' perceptions. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 60 (3), pp. 296 - 312

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan © Operational Research Society Ltd

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2009

Notes

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in the Journal of the Operational Research Society. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at:http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602566

ISSN

0160-5682;1476-9360

Language

en

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