Advances in Decision Sciences
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 804324, 25 pages
Research Article

The Integrated Use of Enterprise and System Dynamics Modelling Techniques in Support of Business Decisions

1Precision Manufacturing Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
2MSI Ltd., Loughborough, Leicester LE12 8DX, UK

Received 16 December 2011; Revised 23 March 2012; Accepted 6 April 2012

Academic Editor: Bernard Grabot

Copyright © 2012 K. Agyapong-Kodua et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Enterprise modelling techniques support business process (re)engineering by capturing existing processes and based on perceived outputs, support the design of future process models capable of meeting enterprise requirements. System dynamics modelling tools on the other hand are used extensively for policy analysis and modelling aspects of dynamics which impact on businesses. In this paper, the use of enterprise and system dynamics modelling techniques has been integrated to facilitate qualitative and quantitative reasoning about the structures and behaviours of processes and resource systems used by a Manufacturing Enterprise during the production of composite bearings. The case study testing reported has led to the specification of a new modelling methodology for analysing and managing dynamics and complexities in production systems. This methodology is based on a systematic transformation process, which synergises the use of a selection of public domain enterprise modelling, causal loop and continuous simulation modelling techniques. The success of the modelling process defined relies on the creation of useful CIMOSA process models which are then converted to causal loops. The causal loop models are then structured and translated to equivalent dynamic simulation models using the proprietary continuous simulation modelling tool iThink.