Increasing Simulation Realism Through the Modeling of Step Costs Cost Behavior in Business Simulations

Kenneth R. Goosen

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This paper addresses some of the theoretical problems involved in the modeling of fixed costs in business simulations. The theoretical nature of fixed costs as a special case of step costs is clarified. In addition, a mathematical technique is presented for the effective modeling of step costs within a computerized simulation model. Also, some of the consequences of significant amounts of step costs are illustrated.

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