THE COMBINATION OF ALTERNATIVE RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN LOGISTICS SYSTEMS ANALYSIS,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The purpose of this paper is to examine the nature of systems analysis, and past experiences with it, to help develop a strategy for selecting appropriate techniques. To facilitate the development of this strategy, several categorizations are developed 1 of the characteristics of the kinds of systems studied by systems analysts 2 of the many purposes of systems analysis and 3 of the attributes of many systems analysis techniques. Then the simulation category is examined further with a more detailed breakdown presented on the spectrum of simulation techniques. Finally, an illustration is given of the way in which the various systems analysis techniques have been used to evolve a greater understanding of supply and inventory policies and systems.