Modelling the dynamics of supply chains

Riddalls, C. E.; Bennett, S. and Tipi, N. S. (2000). Modelling the dynamics of supply chains. International Journal of Systems Science, 31(8) pp. 969–976.



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.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 73322
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 0020-7721
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    Not SetNot SetThe University of Sheffield
  • Keywords
  • Computer simulation; Discrete time control systems; Mathematical models; Operations research; Sensitivity analysis
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
    Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2000 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
  • Depositing User
  • Nicoleta Tipi