Design & Strategy

Linking risk management practice and strategies to performance

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Dealing with supply chain risks: Linking risk management practices and strategies to performance
Year: 
2012

Agility and robustness are the concepts of choice if you want to reduce supply chain risks. In their upcoming paper (Dealing with supply chain risks: Linking risk management practices and strategies to performance) Andreas Wieland and Carl Marcus Wallenburg analyze the effects of both of these concepts on customer value and business performance.

Managing supply in the firm of the future

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Managing supply in the firm of the future
Year: 
1997

This week I would like to think about the future of supply chain management. Cox and Lamming wrote a corresponding article titled: “Managing supply in the firm of the future”.

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It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. So to infer about future development the authors use case studies and historical analysis.

h5. Short history of corporate sourcing

Supply Chain Redesign for Resilience using Simulation

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Supply chain redesign for resilience using simulation
Year: 
2012

Today we have a look at current research regarding the improvement of resilience within a supply chain.
In their 2012 paper “Supply chain redesign for resilience using simulation” Carvalho et al. analyze supply chain resilience on the basis off a Portuguese automotive parts manufacturer.

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Secure Collaboration in Global Supply Chain Management

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Secure collaboration in global design and supply chain environment: Problem analysis and literature review
Year: 
2012

One of the fundamental problems in supply chain management in general is that of finding the right trade-offs between information sharing and keeping one’s distance towards potential competitors.

Zeng et al. did a literature review to collect some of the current insights on how to solve this problem.

Negative Default Dependencies in Supplier Networks

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Negative default dependence in supplier networks
Year: 
2011

If people talk about disruptions and network effects within the supply chain, the associations are most often negative.

The picture of an automotive/just-in-time supply chain comes to mind, where a small screw from a distant supplier did not get delivered in time and all production processes within the whole network suddenly come to an involuntary halt.

But on the other hand there are companies profiting from these smaller and larger disruptions: competition.

Modeling Defaults of Companies in Multi-Stage SC Networks

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Modeling defaults of companies in multi-stage supply chain networks
Year: 
2012

Agent-based supply chain models are build using small entities (agents), which might represent a single company.
Each of the agents has its own goals and rules of operation programmed into a computer. The interaction between several agents of this kind leads to a more realistic and complex behavior of the system.

The Postponement Strategy from a Supply Chain Perspective

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Postponement strategy from a supply chain perspective: cases from China
Year: 
2007

If you think about it. Postponement is one of the more involving strategies available in supply chain management. At least from a design perspective, postponement requires changes to the value-generation process, which may comprise several echelons within the supply chain.

The paper I review today analyzed the implementation of postponement strategies in China and suggests factors to help with the decision which kind of postponement to select.

Optimizing Efficiency-Robustness Trade-Offs in SC-Design

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Optimizing efficiency-robustness trade-offs in supply chain design under uncertainty due to disruptions
Year: 
2011

Efficiency is about trade-offs. Effectiveness is about achieving a goal, making it happen no matter what.
But in reality resources are scarce and efficiently reaching a goal is nearly as important as reaching it at all.

Fragile Food Supply Chains: Reacting to Risks

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Fragile food supply chains: reacting to risks
Year: 
2010

The foods supply chain satisfies one of the most basic Maslowian needs.
Interruptions can quickly become major crisis. Assessment and reactions to risks therefore seems to be a vital point.

This article presents a framework by Dani and Deep on how specific food supply chain risks can be analyzed and how reactions can be tailored.

SC Design: Organizational Roles in Network Management

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Managing Supply Networks: Organizational Roles in Network Management
Year: 
2005

Supply chain design and optimization has been covered in this blog to a great extend. The concept of design implicitly assumes that there is at least one designer, who decides how the desired “optimal” supply chain design should look like.

Defining a supply chain as a group of legally independent companies, shows that the complexity in this decision process might be drastically increased, since one has to include multiple players and their goals in the process.

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