Special Issue Paper

Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 60, Supplement 1, pp S83-S92

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Reflections on queue modelling from the last 50 years

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Queueing theory continues to be one of the most researched areas of operational research, and has generated numerous review papers over the years. The phrase ‘queue modelling’ is used in the title to indicate a more practical emphasis. This paper uses work taken predominantly from the last 50 years of pages of the Operational Research Quarterly and the Journal of the Operational Research Society to offer a commentary on attempts of operational researchers to tackle real queueing problems, and on research foci past and future. A new discipline of ‘queue modelling’ is proposed, drawing upon the combined strengths of analytic and simulation approaches with the responsibility to derive meaningful insights for managers.


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