Exploring foundations for using simulations in IS research

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serval:BIB_264F6112873B
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Exploring foundations for using simulations in IS research
Journal
Communications of the Association for Information Systems
Author(s)
Spagnoletti Paolo, Za Stefano, Winter Robert, Mettler Tobias
ISSN
1529-3181
Publication state
Published
Issued date
21/02/2018
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
42
Number
1
Pages
268–300
Language
english
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.
Keywords
Simulation and IS, Compositional styles, Systems approach, Information views, Literature review
Open Access
Yes
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