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A Decision Support Model for the Design of Supply Chain Structures

Klis, W. van der (2007) A Decision Support Model for the Design of Supply Chain Structures. Master's Thesis / Essay, Industrial Engineering and Management.

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Abstract

To stay competitive and aim for world class performance companies are executing various management practices. Nowadays, an important management practice is to redesign the supply chain. Within these redesign initiatives the trade-offs between various objectives are becoming increasingly complex which results in undesired dynamics. A company that deals with these trade-offs and dynamics is Deloitte Consulting. Deloitte Consulting orchestrates supply chain network design (SCND) projects for its clients. With their help we designed the SCND model that assists the decision maker to select a satisficing supply chain structure. The model makes use of multiple objectives which are captured in a performance objectives model. These objectives are ranked with the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and linked to a set of supply chain characteristics. We used the Delphi method to define these characteristics. Scores are calculated for each supply chain characteristic to indicate a satisficing supply chain structure. We tested the user-friendliness and feasibility of the model with two supply chain redesign cases. Overviewing the SCND model in relation with supply chain redesign initiatives points out that it is able to rationalize the decision making process by clarifying the trade-offs of pursuing multiple objectives and to foster strategic thinking.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/8363

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