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Understanding Retail Productivity by Simulating Management Practices

Siebers, Peer-Olaf; Aickelin, Uwe; Celia, Helen; Clegg, Christopher

Authors

Uwe Aickelin

Helen Celia

Christopher Clegg



Abstract

Intelligent agents offer a new and exciting way of understanding the world of work. In this paper we apply agent-based modeling and simulation to investigate a set of problems in a retail context. Specifically, we are working to understand the relationship between human resource management practices and retail productivity. Despite the fact we are working within a relatively novel and complex domain, it is clear that intelligent agents could offer potential for fostering sustainable organizational capabilities in the future. Our research so far has led us to conduct case study work with a top ten UK retailer, collecting data in four departments in two stores. Based on our case study data we have built and tested a first version of a department store simulator. In this paper we will report on the current development of our simulator which includes new features concerning more realistic data on the pattern of footfall during the day and the week, a more differentiated view of customers, and the evolution of customers over time. This allows us to investigate more complex scenarios and to analyze the impact of various management practices.

Citation

Siebers, P., Aickelin, U., Celia, H., & Clegg, C. (2007). Understanding Retail Productivity by Simulating Management Practices

Conference Name EUROSIM Congress on Modelling and Simulation (EUROSIM07)
Start Date Sep 9, 2007
End Date Oct 13, 2007
Publication Date Sep 13, 2007
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2007
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
ISBN 978-3-901608-32-2
Keywords Neural and Evolutionary Computing
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/591
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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