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

A.C. Lyons (A.C. Lyons is in the Department of Engineering at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.)
Majeed Nemat (Majeed Nemat is at the School of Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.)
W.B. Rowe (W.B. Rowe is at the School of Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.)

Work Study

ISSN: 0043-8022

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

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.

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Lyons, A.C., Nemat, M. and Rowe, W.B. (2000), "A comparative study of alternative approaches to modelling the operations of a small enterprise", Work Study, Vol. 49 No. 3, pp. 107-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/00438020010324373

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