Staffing call centers with impatient customers: refinements to many-server asymptotics

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Abstract

In call centers it is crucial to staff the right number of agents so that the targeted service levels are met. These staffing problems typically lead to constraint satisfaction problems that are hard to solve. During the last decade, a beautiful many-server asymptotic theory has been developed to solve such problems for large call centers, and optimal staffing rules are known to obey the square-root staffing principle. This paper presents refinements to many-server asymptotics and this staffing principle for a Markovian queueing model with impatient customers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-474
JournalOperations Research
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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