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Frontiers of Engineering Management >> 2017, Volume 4, Issue 1 doi: 10.15302/J-FEM-2017002

Applying system dynamics to strategic decision making in construction

Associate Professor and John L. Tishman Faculty Scholar, Tishman Construction Management Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

Accepted: 2017-03-27 Available online:2017-04-19

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The author discusses the application of System Dynamics to high-level strategic simulation in construction. In particular, System Dynamics’ strength on representing feedback processes, aggregation, soft variables, and continuous simulation clock for high-level simulation are discussed using real modeling examples. From this exercise, it is concluded that System Dynamics offers a great potential for strategic simulation in construction. Further, the author proposes a comprehensive simulation framework that integrates System Dynamics and Discrete Event Simulation for a strategic decision making process in construction where operational details should be taken into account.

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