Design & Strategy

Internet Induced Risks for global Supply Chains

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Disintermediation, disintegration and risk in the SME global supply chain

In retrospect forecasts of the future often seem dull or at least miss important aspects of the actual realization. In 2000 the Ritchie and Brindley analyzed effects of the uprising Internet on supply chain management and especially newly emerging risks associated with them for small and medium sized enterprises. I wrote this review from the view of 2000 as well so you can decide yourself to what degree you see their hypothesis already fulfilled.

Supply Chains and Fuzzy Demand

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Fuzzy facility location-allocation problem under the Hurwicz criterion
Year: 
2008

Risk in supply chains can be included in several different ways into the decision making process.

No Risk

A statement in many supply chain models is that some/most/all parameters of the model are fixed (e.g. fixed demand, zero probability of a hurricane).

The result is, if the real value of this parameter diverges from the assumptions, the results of the model will be flawed to a certain degree (up to completely unusable).

Measuring agile Capabilities in the Supply Chain

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Measuring agile capabilities in the supply chain
Year: 
2001

Today I introduce you to the process of measuring agility in a supply chain. Agility is a major concept in the research of the last 10 years or so. I already have written some articles on this topic:

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).

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?

h5. Definitions

Decision Support for Supply Chain, Product and Process Design

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PCDM: A Decision Support Modeling Methodology for Supply Chain, Product and Process Design Decisions
Year: 
2005

Many companies are struggling with the idea to use modern optimization techniques to support decision making in strategic supply chain management.

But beside mathematical modeling of the supply chain there are other methods as well, such as network based approaches. In their 2005 paper Blackhurst, Wu and O’Grady present a more intuitive decision support method with the goal to improve decisions within the supply chain context.

h5. Methodology

Effective Performance Management

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Effective Performance Management
Year: 
2009

Aviation and steering a company can be viewed as somehow alike. At least this is the starting point for the article by Srinivas (2009) reviewed today.

Aviation Analogy

But unlike companies a pilot has some advantages: a clear starting point, a given destination, he knows on which path to get there, he knows anytime if he is off course and he also knows how to get back on track.

Personalized Products and their Impact on Supply Chain Design

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Implications of personalization offers on demand and supply network design: A case from the golf club industry
Year: 
2006

Experts from research and business alike argue that within the last decades consumers have grown to be a more demanding factor for supply chain management. At the same time manufacturing and supply chain strategies adapted to this development (from lean to agile, see Christopher and Towill, 2000).

Leading by Design

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The impact of product design on supply chain risk: a case study
Year: 
2008

Is there consensus about the role of product design as the leading function in the supply chain? Not yet! This article introduces the topic of integrating decisions in product and supply chain design and gives a short glimpse on the “how to implement” part.

Supply Chain Design: Capacity, Flexibility and Wholesale Price Strategies

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Supply Chain Design: Capacity, Flexibility and Wholesale Price Strategies
Year: 
2000

This is the forth contribution to my series on doctoral dissertations on Supply Chain Risk Management. 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.

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