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A comparative study of alternative approaches to modelling the operations of a small enterprise

A comparative study of alternative approaches to modelling the operations of a small enterprise This paper reports on an attempt to compare three distinct approaches to simulating the operations of a small enterprise in order to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of each approach in modelling the enterprise and provide a means for improving its operational performance. The approaches considered are visual, interactive simulation using the WITNESS simulator, SIMNET II, a network-driven simulation language and queuing modelling using Operations Management Expert. Each approach was found to accurately model the company operations, provide a consistent indication of operational performance in terms of throughput and resource utilisation, and provide a basis for suggesting improved modes of operation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Work Study Emerald Publishing

A comparative study of alternative approaches to modelling the operations of a small enterprise

Work Study , Volume 49 (3): 8 – Jun 1, 2000

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0043-8022
DOI
10.1108/00438020010324373
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Abstract

This paper reports on an attempt to compare three distinct approaches to simulating the operations of a small enterprise in order to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of each approach in modelling the enterprise and provide a means for improving its operational performance. The approaches considered are visual, interactive simulation using the WITNESS simulator, SIMNET II, a network-driven simulation language and queuing modelling using Operations Management Expert. Each approach was found to accurately model the company operations, provide a consistent indication of operational performance in terms of throughput and resource utilisation, and provide a basis for suggesting improved modes of operation.

Journal

Work StudyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2000

Keywords: Simulation; Small firms

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