Modelling the dynamics of supply chains

C. E. Riddalls, S. Bennett, N. S. Tipi

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A summary of the important issues arising in supply chain research is presented. A review of the various mathematical methods used to model and analyse supply chains is then undertaken. They are categorized as: continuous time differential equation models, discrete time difference equation models, discrete event simulation models and operational research techniques. Each method is then appraised from a system dynamics perspective. To conclude, a judgement is made on whether the merits of operational research techniques justify their predominance in industry over the other methods presented here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)969-976
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Systems Science
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2000
Externally publishedYes


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