Rapid Modelling for Increasing Competitiveness

Tools and Mindset

  • Gerald Reiner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Theory Pieces and Review

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Suzanne de Treville, Ulrich Hoffrage, Jeffrey S. Petty
      Pages 3-14
    3. Boualem Rabta, Arda Alp, Gerald Reiner
      Pages 15-23
  3. Modelling and Simulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Djamil Aïssani, Smail Adjabi, M. Cherfaoui, T. Benkhellat, N. Medjkoune
      Pages 53-64
    3. Johannes Fichtinger, Yvan Nieto, Gerald Reiner
      Pages 65-78
    4. Heidrun Rosič, Gerhard Bauer, Werner Jammernegg
      Pages 91-104
    5. Philip Hedenstierna, Per Hilletofth, Olli-Pekka Hilmola
      Pages 105-118
    6. Nico J. Vandaele, Inneke Van Nieuwenhuyse
      Pages 163-173
  4. Case Study and Action Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Krisztina Demeter, Dávid Losonci, Zsolt Matyusz, István Jenei
      Pages 177-198
    3. Petra Pekkanen, Henri Karppinen, Timo Pirttilä
      Pages 221-231
  5. Survey and Longitudinal Research

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 307-309

About these proceedings


This proceedings volume of selected papers presented at the 1st Rapid Modelling Conference "Increasing Competitiveness – Tools and Mindset" gives a state-of-the-art overview of current research and new developments in the field of rapid modelling linked with lead time reduction. Rapid Modelling is generally based on queuing theory, but other mathematical modelling techniques are of interest, as are simulation models to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from theory to application, providing the theoretical foundations for successful lead time reduction.

The interested reader (researcher as well as practitioner) should have a good overview of current activity in this field. Rapid Modelling for Increasing Competitiveness suggests that companies which are equipped for speed, with innovative processes, will outperform their slower competitors in many industries. Furthermore, this work also contributes to the scientific fields of operations management, production management, supply chain management, industrial engineering and operations research. The research papers presented in this book can be used to support the exchange of knowledge – between researchers, as well as practitioners – on the subject of increasing competitiveness through speed.

Rapid Modelling for Increasing Competitiveness is supported by the EU Seventh Framework Programme – The People Programme – Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways Project (No. 217891) "How revolutionary queuing based modelling software helps keeping jobs in Europe. The creation of a lead time reduction software that increases industry competitiveness and supports academic research."


Lean Logistics Manufacturing Manufacturing System Manufacturing System Design Operations Management Operations Research Performance Measurement Queuing Networks Rapid Modeling Simulation Supply Chain Management linear optimization organization production

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerald Reiner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de l’Entreprise (IENE), Faculté des Sciences ÉconomiquesUniversité de NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer London 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84882-747-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84882-748-6
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