Simulation: A Tool for System Design and Analysis

  • Ofoegbu, Wilson Chukwuemeka Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Keywords: Simulation, Systems Theory, Holism, Interdependence, Emergence, Feedback Loops, Hierarchy, Adaptability, Boundary Definition, System Design, System Analysis, Interdisciplinary Approach.


This research paper delves into the symbiotic relationship between simulation and systems theory, elucidating how simulation serves as a potent instrument for system design and analysis within the framework of systems theory. Systems theory offers a foundational perspective that accentuates holism, interdependence, emergence, feedback loops, hierarchy, adaptability, and boundary delineation in comprehending intricate systems. It encapsulates the complexity of real-world systems, rendering simulations invaluable for comprehensive analysis. Through the systems theory lens, simulation scrutinizes interdependencies, unveils emergent phenomena, and incorporates feedback loops, all while accommodating adaptability to evolving conditions. The pivotal concept of defining system boundaries, significant in both systems theory and simulation, ensures that researchers focus on the most pertinent facets of their subjects. This theoretical framework finds versatile applications across diverse domains, spanning manufacturing, healthcare, urban planning, and environmental science. In manufacturing, simulation models optimize processes by considering the holistic nature of production systems. In healthcare, systems theory and simulation facilitate evidence-based decision-making, leading to enhanced patient outcomes. In urban planning, simulation models navigate intricate traffic management interactions, while in environmental science, they assess ecosystem dynamics amid changing conditions. Ultimately, this research paper underscores the synergy between systems theory and simulation, showcasing how this alliance deepens our comprehension of complex systems and empowers informed decision-making in an ever-evolving milieu.


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How to Cite
Wilson Chukwuemeka, O. (2023). Simulation: A Tool for System Design and Analysis. GPH-International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research, 6(11), 98-111.