Simulating Business Processes for Descriptive, Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics

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This book outlines the benefits and limitations of simulation, what is involved in setting up a simulation capability in an organization, the steps involved in developing a simulation model and how to ensure that model results are implemented. In addition, detailed example applications are provided to show where the tool is useful and what it can offer the decision maker.

In Simulating Business Processes for Descriptive, Predictive, and Prescriptive Analytics, Andrew Greasley provides an in-depth discussion of

Business process simulation and how it can enable business analytics
How business process simulation can provide speed, cost, dependability, quality, and flexibility metrics
Industrial case studies including improving service delivery while ensuring an efficient use of staff in public sector organizations such as the police service, testing the capacity of planned production facilities in manufacturing, and ensuring on-time delivery in logistics systems
State-of-the-art developments in business process simulation regarding the generation of simulation analytics using process mining and modeling people’s behavior
Managers and decision makers will learn how simulation provides a faster, cheaper and less risky way of observing the future performance of a real-world system. The book will also benefit personnel already involved in simulation development by providing a business perspective on managing the process of simulation, ensuring simulation results are implemented, and that performance is improved.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherWalter De Gruyter
Number of pages341
ISBN (Electronic)9781547400690
ISBN (Print)9781547416745
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2019


  • Advanced analytics
  • Modeling
  • Operations management
  • Operations research
  • Simulation
  • Simulation capability


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