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A first approach on modelling staff proactiveness in retail simulation models

Siebers, Peer-Olaf; Aickelin, Uwe

Authors

Uwe Aickelin uwe.aickelin@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

There has been a noticeable shift in the relative composition of the industry in the developed countries in recent years; manufacturing is decreasing while the service sector is becoming more important. However, currently most
simulation models for investigating service systems are still built in the same way as manufacturing simulation
models, using a process-oriented world view, i.e. they model the flow of passive entities through a system. These
kinds of models allow studying aspects of operational management but are not well suited for studying the dynamics that appear in service systems due to human behaviour. For these kinds of studies we require tools that
allow modelling the system and entities using an object-oriented world view, where intelligent objects serve as
abstract “actors” that are goal directed and can behave proactively.
In our work we combine process-oriented discrete event simulation modelling and object-oriented agent based
simulation modelling to investigate the impact of people management practices on retail productivity. In this paper,
we reveal in a series of experiments what impact considering proactivity can have on the output accuracy of
simulation models of human centric systems. The model and data we use for this investigation are based on a case study in a UK department store. We show that considering proactivity positively influences the validity of these kinds of models and therefore allows analysts to make better recommendations regarding strategies to apply people management practises.

Citation

Siebers, P., & Aickelin, U. (2011). A first approach on modelling staff proactiveness in retail simulation models. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 14(2),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2011
Deposit Date Aug 15, 2011
Publicly Available Date Aug 15, 2011
Journal Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
Print ISSN 1460-7425
Electronic ISSN 1460-7425
Publisher SimSoc Consortium
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 2
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1521
Publisher URL http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/14/2/2.html
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