Archive for February 2011

Customer Service or Cost? Optimization of the Supply Chain Design

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Trade-offs Between Customer Service and Cost in Integrated Supply Chain Design
Year: 
2005

In several articles I talked about competing objectives to the classical cost reduction goals (eg. with responsiveness or with reducing uncertainty).

Supply Chain Risk Sources, Consequences, Drivers and Mitigation

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Outlining an Agenda for Future Research
Year: 
2003

I just stumbled upon one of the articles I already read about a year ago, shortly after I started my research. Beside indication of a future research agenda (see as well here), Jüttner et al. (2003) also explain some fundamental concepts of supply chain risk management.

System Failure

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Your Infrastructure will kill you
Year: 
2010

I was looking for more general insights into the topic on why systems fail. I stumbled on a talk of Eleanor Saitta from last years Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. There is a recording of the talk here and the slides for the talk can be obtained here.

Mitigation or Contingency Strategies against Disruptions

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On the Value of Mitigation and Contingency Strategies for Managing Supply Chain Disruption Risks
Year: 
2006

Uncertainty can be categorized in continuous risk, more slowly changing patterns, and disruptions, which describe abrupt changes in a system.

Tomlin (2006) investigates the question which supply chain strategies perform best when dealing with the later.

Mitigation vs. Contingency Planning

From case studies analyzed in literature the author first deducts disruption management strategies used in practices. The summary can be seen in figure 1.

Strategic Supply Chain Design and the Product-Relationship Matrix

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The product-relationship-matrix as framework for strategic supply chain design based on operations theory
Year: 
2009

Yet another case study. This time on strategic network design. Why? A major problem for businesses is to find the right strategy for a given situation. And “right” here means optimal (for a given KPI).
Research question might be: Are there general categories which can be used to make different decision situations comparable? And if yes, what would optimal strategies under these circumstances be?

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Risk, Information and Incentives in Telecom Supply Chains

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Risk, information and incentives in telecom supply chains
Year: 
2004

Supply chains risks can also be analyzed in a specific industry context and this is exactly what Agrell et al. (2004) did with telecom supply chains. They used a three tier SC (2nd tier supplier, EMS, OEM) to include the selection, coordination and motivation of independently operating suppliers in the model.

In terms of risk handling and sharing the telco industry is to some extent unique as well; there are several possible complications, like

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