The quantification of supply chain planning is the next step in the field of supply chain optimization. After operational and logistical aspects have been modeled and optimized, margins for further improvement remain slim.
Based on this premise the paper I review today suggests and tests several alternative multilevel planning approaches to gain further supply chain improvements by optimizing the mid-term supply chain design.
Submitted by Daniel Dumke on Wed, 2011-11-23 11:22
Supplier risk assessment and monitoring for the automotive industry
A typical supply chain risk management process consists of four steps: risk identification, assessment, management and monitoring. From those steps, one of the most neglected step is the risk monitoring.
Risk monitoring implies two different actions: Continuous risk assessment and actions, as soon as pre-defined limits are reached.
So this article sheds light on the risk monitoring, from an article by Blackhurst, Scheibe and Johnson (“Supplier risk assessment and monitoring for the automotive industry”).
Probably most companies source at least some parts for their products from global sources. This could be the steel from Australia, electronics from Taiwan or cloth from India. The reasons for international sourcing usually include cost and quality, which might be superior compared to local sources.
On the other hand longer shipment ways and less direct access and control may also increase the risks of quality failures, delays or even disruptions.
Submitted by Daniel Dumke on Mon, 2011-09-26 15:17
Managing Risks of Supply-Chain Disruptions: Dual Sourcing as a Real Option
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master Thesis
This is the seventh contribution to my series on doctoral and master dissertations on Supply Chain Risk Management. This again is a master thesis from the MIT. An immense effort and dedication is spent on these works only to find the results hidden in the libraries. So the goal is raise interest in the research of my peers.
Several questions I receive concern the very basic elements of supply chain risk management. Since reading “Categorization of Supply Chain Risk and Risk Management” by Norrman and Lindroth (2004) I often referred to it, to describe the different aspects.
Norrman and Lindroth suggest a three dimensional framework to analyze different supply chain risk management issues (figure 1). The dimensions are:
A very interesting part of Supply Chain Risk Management deals with the impact of uncertainty on the supply chain design process. Van der Vorst and Beulens (2002) address this topic, and focus on the redesign of supply chains.
They claim that sources of uncertainty can be a key driver for chain redesign and after analyzing the literature and own research (case study) they present a tool for supply chain redesign where the sources of uncertainty support the selection of the relevant strategy.