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Conceptual modelling for simulation part I: definition and requirements

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Conceptual modelling is probably the most important aspect of a simulation study. It is also the most difficult and least understood. Over 40 years of simulation research and practice have provided only limited information on how to go about designing a simulation conceptual model. This paper, the first of two, discusses the meaning of conceptual modelling and the requirements of a conceptual model. Founded on existing literature, a definition of a conceptual model is provided. Four requirements of a conceptual model are described: validity, credibility, utility and feasibility. The need to develop the simplest model possible is also discussed. Owing to a paucity of advice on how to design a conceptual model, the need for a conceptual modelling framework is proposed. Built on the foundations laid in this paper, a conceptual modelling framework is described in the paper that follows.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Citation

ROBINSON, S., 2008. Conceptual modelling for simulation part I: definition and requirements. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 59 (3), pp. 278 - 290.

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan © Operational Research Society

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2008

Notes

This article was published in the Journal of the Operational Research Society [Palgrave Macmillan © OR Society] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602368

ISSN

0160-5682

eISSN

1476-9360

Language

en

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