Journal of the Association for Information Systems


Like all other scientific research methodologies, simulation has its strengths and limitations. When used properly, simulation can be a powerful tool for developing new theoretical insights into IS phenomena of interest. Although simulation methods are not new in the IS field, there has been no systematic discussion about which simulation methods are suitable for IS research, when simulation is the most appropriate methodological choice for IS research, and how to evaluate simulation research. In this editorial, I provide an overview of simulation methods that may be used in IS research and discuss how they are typically used. More importantly, I provide guidelines for IS researchers on how to choose simulation among alternative methodologies and highlight six key criteria for evaluating simulation research. Overall, this editorial can provide useful guidance to IS researchers, editors, and reviewers when choosing, conducting, and assessing simulation research.





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