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A toolkit of designs for mixing discrete event simulation and system dynamics

Morgan, Jennifer, Howick, Susan and Belton, Val 2017. A toolkit of designs for mixing discrete event simulation and system dynamics. European Journal of Operational Research 257 (3) , pp. 907-918. 10.1016/j.ejor.2016.08.016

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In recent years there has been significant interest in multimethodology and the mixing of OR/MS methods, including Discrete Event Simulation (DES) with System Dynamics (SD). Several examples of mixing DES and SD are described in the literature but there is no overarching framework which characterises the spectrum of options available to modellers. This paper draws on a sample of published case studies, in conjunction with the theoretical literature on mixing methods, to propose a toolkit of designs for mixing DES and SD which can be implemented as a set of questions which a modeller should ask in order to guide the choice of design and inform the associated project methodology. The impetus for this work was the perceived need to transfer insight from reported practice in order to formalise how the two methods can be and have been mixed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0377-2217
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 January 2018
Date of Acceptance: 4 August 2016
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 03:15

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