Abstract for: Deduction and abduction in computer simulation: Comparing logics in theory development

The article presents a review of a sample of simulation studies in the management and organization body of literature. The proposed approach to the review hinges upon the analysis of the logic of inference that underpins the selected studies. In particular, I suggest that the two recurring type of inference that, deliberately or unintentionally, inform the use of simulation analysis are: deduction and abduction. In addition, the paper proposes an historical journey that portrays the diffusion of computer simulation studies within management and organisation literature. The presented review aims at two goals. First, the paper strives to contribute a point of view to help researchers to approach the design of a simulation-based study with increased awareness. Second, the reported analysis ought to help researchers who are not familiar with simulation to study to appreciate the possible contribution of simulation studies to theory development.