Optimal scope of supply chain network & operations design

N. Ma

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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The increasingly complex supply chain networks and operations call for the development of decision support systems and optimization techniques that take a holistic view of supply chain issues and provide support for integrated decision-making. The economic impacts of optimized supply chain are significant and that has attracted considerable research attention since the late 1990s. This doctoral thesis focuses on developing manageable and realistic optimization models for solving four contemporary and interrelated supply chain network and operations design problems. Each requires an integrated decision-making approach for advancing supply chain effectiveness and efficiency. The first model formulates the strategic robust downsizing of a global supply chain network, which requires an integrated decision-making on resource allocation and network reconfiguration, given certain financial constraints. The second model also looks at the strategic supply chain downsizing problem but extends the first model to include product portfolio selection as a downsizing decision. The third model concerns the redesign of a warranty distribution network, which requires an integrated decision-making on strategic network redesign and tactical recovery process redesign. The fourth model simultaneously determines the operational-level decisions on job assignment and process sequence in order to improve the total throughput of a production facility unit.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Tilburg University
  • Ashayeri, Jalal, Promotor
  • Sotirov, Renata, Co-promotor
Award date8 Sept 2014
Place of PublicationTilburg
Print ISBNs9789056683931
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2014


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