Supply chain design: a conceptual model and tactical simulations

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Title: Supply chain design: a conceptual model and tactical simulations
Author: Brann, Jeremy Matthew
Abstract: In current research literature , supply chain management (SCM ) is a hot topic breaching the boundaries of many academic disciplines . SCM -related work can be found in the relevant literature for many disciplines . Supply chain management can be defined as effectively and efficiently managing the flows (information , financial and physical ) in all stages of the supply chain to add value to end customers and gain profit for all firms in the chain . Supply chains involve multiple partners with the common goal to satisfy customer demand at a profit . While supply chains are not new , the way academics and practitioners view the need for and the means to manage these chains is relatively new . Very little literature can be found on designing supply chains from the ground up or what dimensions of supply chain management should be considered when designing a supply chain . Additionally , we have found that very few tools exist to help during the design phase of a supply chain . Moreover , very few tools exist that allow for comparing supply chain designs . We contribute to the current literature by determining which supply chain management dimensions should be considered during the design process . We employ text mining to create a supply chain design conceptual model and compare this model to existing supply chain models and reference frameworks . We continue to contribute to the current SCM literature by applying a creative application of concepts and results in the field of Stochastic Processes to build a custom simulator capable of comparing different supply chain designs and providing insights into how the different designs affect the supply chain ?s total inventory cost . The simulator provides a mechanism for testing when real -time demand information is more beneficial than using first -come , first -serve (FCFS ) order processing when the distributional form of lead -time demand is derived from the supply chain operating characteristics instead of using the assumption that lead -time demand distributions are known . We find that in many instances FCFS out -performs the use of real -time information in providing the lowest total inventory cost .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2758
Date: 2009-05-15

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Supply chain design: a conceptual model and tactical simulations. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2758 .

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