Beer Distribution Game - A Review

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SEB223 2014 – Assignment 1 The Root-Beer Distribution Game A Report on the Gameplay Experience of the Author and its Use of Complex System Management Principles Introduction The Root-Beer Distribution Game, as played by the author and used as the basis for this report, is an on-line adaptation of the Beer Distribution Game originally created in the 1960’s by Jay Forrester, et al, of the MIT Sloan School of Management. A pioneer of computer engineering and considered the founder of System Dynamics, Forrester and the MIT Systems Dynamics Group devised the Beer Distribution Game as method of demonstrating the dynamics of complex systems and illustrating the behaviour of those systems when interacting with human involvement. This…show more content…
Feedback, or the Feedback Control System, is the basis of the Control Theory and understanding how it works. Doyle, Francis & Tannenbaum (1990, p.31), define the most basic Feedback Control System as having three primary components: The object to be controlled (always referred to as the plant) A method of measuring the output of the plant (referred to as the sensor) A method of controlling the input to the plant (referred to as the controller) In simplifying the manner in which these three components operate and interact, we derive four interrelated functions that provide the means of regulation of a system: Measurement – the rate of input, throughput and output are measured. Comparison – the metrics taken during Measurement are compared, both against each other and against a defined or identified ideal to determine the need for adjustment. Computation – the metrics are then used in calculating the necessary level and type of control (or adjustment) required to be implemented to maintain the ideal. Control – the necessary amount and type of control/s having been computed are then enacted at the appropriate point/s in the input-throughput-output process. This controlling process (of the system) is necessarily influenced and limited by certain constraints. These constraints are delineated into two types: Internal Constraints – these are the influencing or limiting factors that exist within the boundary of the system. External Constraints – the

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