Introduction to Supply Chain Simulation



This chapter begins with a discussion about the use of analytical and simulation models. Next, general it describes simulation model characteristics as a preliminary step to define the objectives of a simulation model for a supply chain. For this purpose, it differentiates the various simulation models for supply chains: spreadsheet, systems dynamics, systems dynamics with discrete events and business games. Besides, it also describes local, parallel and distributed simulations for the supply chain.


Supply Chain Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Performance Bullwhip Effect Supply Chain Modeling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business ManagementEscuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Industrial Technical University of CartagenaCartagena (Murcia)Spain
  2. 2.Research Centre on Production Management and Engineering (CIGIP) Department of Business ManagementUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaAlcoySpain

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