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Improving Performance in Food Supply Chains by Reducing Uncertainty

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Supply chain management in food chains: Improving performance by reducing uncertainty
Year: 
1998

Today’s article is from the late 90s, but sets a great example for research methodology in supply chain risk management. But don’t worry, I will focus on the results, since they’re very interesting as well. The objective of today’s article (Supply Chain Management in Food Chains: Improving Performance by Reducing Uncertainty) is to show strategies (here called principles) to reduce uncertainty, and at the same time show the beneficial effects of reduced uncertainty.

Relative Improvements of Supply Chain Redesign Strategies

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Quantifying the relative improvements of redesign strategies in a P.C. supply chain

The Bullwhip Effect was first discovered and analyzed in the 1950s. It triggered more intense research on the supply chain system (even though the term supply chain was not yet coined).
Starting in the early 1980s, this research finally lead to significant changes in real supply chains as well.
This article does a follow up on these developments and evaluates the relative improvements of each of the strategic stages.

h5. Supply chain redesign process

The organizational Antecedents of a Firm's Supply Chain Agility

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The organizational antecedents of a firm’s supply chain agility for risk mitigation and response

This time I’d like to have a look at supply chain risk management from a strategic point of view: What are the prerequisites in the design and culture of an organization to mitigate supply chain risks? The title of the article I review today is: “The organizational antecedents of a firm’s supply chain agility for risk mitigation and response”.

h5. Method

The authors use structural equation modeling technique to establish the relations within their model (figure 1).

Combination of Product and Supply Chain Design

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An optimization model for selecting a product family and designing its supply chain

In research the decisions on the product and the corresponding supply chain are usually separated. This happens for a variety of reasons, one may be the reduction of problem complexity, another that the research focus is on a brown field approach where the products are seen as given.

This makes this article even more interesting, since it combines the both decisions in one conceptual process and a model to optimize the decision.

Supply Chain Network Design

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What is supply chain network design? Where does the “design” come into play?

How Systems Design Themselves

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How Do Committees Invent?
Year: 
1968

Continuing with on with articles on general Systems Design and foundational articles, today I would like to talk about Conway’s seminal paper on “How Do Committees Invent” from 1968. If you want to read the paper completely, you can do so on Conway’s web page.

In his article Conway describes system design at its most generic level. Be it a system to prevent natural disasters or a new product of a company.

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).

Severity of Supply Chain Disruptions

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The Severity of Supply Chain Disruptions: Design Characteristics and Mitigation Capabilities
Year: 
2007

We already know that supply chain disruptions can be quite costly, and have not only direct but also indirect effects (eg. on stock prices). So do all supply chain disruptions have the same effect on the focal company? Of course not, but what are the driving factors that influence the impact?

In their conceptual note Craighead et al. (2007) analyse the factors of the impact supply chain disruptions.

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.

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