Exploring Foundations for Using Simulations in IS Research

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Abstract

Simulation has been adopted in many disciplines as a means for understanding the behavior of a system by imitating it through an artificial object that exhibits a nearly identical behavior. Although simulation approaches have been widely adopted for theory building in disciplines such as engineering, computer science, management, and social sciences, their potential in the IS field is often overlooked. The aim of this paper is to understand how different simulation approaches are used in IS research, thereby providing insights and methodological recommendations for future studies. A literature review of simulation studies published in top-tier IS journals leads to the definition of three classes of simulations, namely the self-organizing, the elementary, and the situated. A set of stylized facts is identified for characterizing the ways in which the premise, the inference, and the contribution are presented in IS simulation studies. As a result, this study provides guidance to future simulation researchers in designing and presenting findings.

Authors Spagnoletti, Paolo; Za, Stefano; Winter, Robert & Mettler, Tobias
Journal or Publication Title Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS)
Language English
Subjects information management
Institute/School IWI - Institute of Information Management
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HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Refereed Yes
Date 2017
ISSN 1529-3181
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Robert Winter
Date Deposited 18 Sep 2017 08:59
Last Modified 17 Feb 2018 01:21
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/251722

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Spagnoletti, Paolo; Za, Stefano; Winter, Robert & Mettler, Tobias (2017) Exploring Foundations for Using Simulations in IS Research. Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), ISSN 1529-3181

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