Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Management Science


Information Systems and Operations Management

First Advisor

Gregory Frazier


Behavioral research indicates that bounded rationality and resource constraints support the use of "fast and frugal heuristics" that intentionally exclude some available information from decision models. Inventory replenishment decisions must be made quickly and efficiently, and as such are a promising realm for the use of fast and frugal heuristics. This research includes a simulation study to identify significant relationships among heuristics and demand patterns, yielding inferences regarding the advantages of selecting replenishment models to match demand patterns. Findings from the simulation are validated against three years of actual usage data for 278 independent demand items from a single industrial company. The research also develops a process-driven analytical framework for identifying best-fit demand patterns for independent demand items. The final section of the study presents a cost/benefit analysis that recognizes the differential costs of implementing and managing alternative replenishment models, and offers inferences regarding the use of simple heuristics in lieu of more data-intensive models for inventory replenishment decisions.


Business | Management Information Systems


Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington