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On Computer Simulation as a Component in Information Systems Research

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Niemann, Christoph ; Hudert, Sebastian ; Eymann, Torsten:
On Computer Simulation as a Component in Information Systems Research.
In: ECIS 2011 Proceedings. - s.l. , 2011

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Computer simulation is widely regarded as a useful activity during various phases of research. However, depending on its context, the meaning, definition, and focus of the term can vary: In traffic planning, for example, simulation is used to determine useful configurations of a road network, thus focusing on the environment. An entirely different perspective is used within multi-agent systems. In such settings, the environment of the agents remains static, while the interesting research questions concern the behavior of the agents themselves. The research focuses on the microscopic level and the resulting emergent behavior. This article puts such diverse meanings in the context of a research process that treats descriptive and prescriptive research as two sides of the same coin. We develop a framework to classify different types of simulation, based on the actual research activity they are intended to be used for. Two case studies supplement the framework.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VII
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VII > Chair Business Administration VII - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Torsten Eymann
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Forschungszentrum für Modellbildung und Simulation (MODUS)
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works
000 Computer Science, information, general works > 000 Generalities, Science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 06:48
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 11:19
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/909