Improving the Rigor of Discrete- Event Simulation in Logistics and Supply Chain Research

  • Manuj I
  • Mentzer J
  • Bowers M
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present an eight step simulation model development process (SMDP) for the design, implementation, and evaluation of logistics and supply chain simulation models, and to identify rigor criteria for each step.Design/methodology/approach – An extensive review of literature is undertaken to identify logistics and supply chain studies that employ discrete event simulation modeling. From this pool, studies that report in detail on the steps taken during the simulation model development and model more than one echelon in logistics, supply chain, or distribution systems are included to illustrate rigor in developing such simulation models.Findings – Literature review reveals that there are no preset rigor criteria for publication of logistics and supply chain simulation research, which is reflected in the fact that studies published in leading journals do not satisfactorily address and/or report the efforts taken to maintain the rigor of simulation studies. Although there...

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  • Risk management
  • Simulation
  • Supply Chain Management

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  • Ila Manuj

  • John T. Mentzer

  • Melissa R. Bowers

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