Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Smith, Brian K

Committee Member

Bian, Linkan

Committee Member

Tian, Wenmeng

Committee Member

Ma, Junfeng

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Campus Access Only


Industrial and System Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


Decision-making by one or more individuals to select a course of action is predicated on the values and preferences to identify, choose options, and finally select the option that is evaluated to be the “best option.” Decision theory provides the means to model and analyze both the processes and options available to the decision-makers. This dissertation assembled in three phases: 1) An effort to collect and review existing literature relating to the concept of expanding decision analysis options to provide a model of decision-making made with time-dependent factors along with uncertainty and risk. Further, adding the concept of a decision to update time-dependent decision data in a Bayesian fashion aids in modeling decision-making thought processes. This review included a total of 395 research artifacts. 2) Development of a technical approach using the information gathered in the literature review to guide planning for a decision-making simulation of individuals and organizations. The approach emphasizes creating a decision-making simulation framework with capabilities to model time-dependent factors, information processing and communication, and fuzzy-stochastic data. 3) Use of the technical approach to develop a simulation framework to simulate complex decision-making and work packages at multiple levels in an organization using time-dependent factors, information processing and communication, and fuzzy-stochastic data. Using a Discrete Event Simulation (DES) and Agent-Based Models (ABM) to simulate people and their interactions, this framework was then be used to simulate decision-making and work processes within an organization. Ultimately, the Agile Enterprise Simulation (AES) capability was created and demonstrated.