Archive for May 2012

Modeling Defaults of Companies in Multi-Stage SC Networks

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Modeling defaults of companies in multi-stage supply chain networks

Agent-based supply chain models are build using small entities (agents), which might represent a single company.
Each of the agents has its own goals and rules of operation programmed into a computer. The interaction between several agents of this kind leads to a more realistic and complex behavior of the system.

Airbus vs. Boing - This Week in Supply Chain Management (21 / 2012)

I successfully finished planing for our trip to Norway. I am really looking forward to some days off.
Now the final plans also include a hike to the Preikestolen, a wonderful rock formation at the Lysefjord.

Several articles accumulated this week in my mailbox, here we go:

Impact of Product Design Changes on Supply Chain Risk

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The impacts of product design changes on supply chain risk: a case study

In theory supply chains look really nice. Some even have a serial structure with three or sometimes even only two participants.

Almost any complication to this basic theme is still the focus ongoing research, especially if risks are involved.


So this study focusses on the effects of requests to change the product design on the risk environment of the supply chain.

The core questions are:

Information Overflow - This Week in Supply Chain Management (20 / 2012)

This week was filled with preparations for our summer vacation. This year we are going to Norway. We will start start in Bergen on the west coast and for the first week stay in a small vacation home nearby Sand directly at the Fjord. Later on we will drive to Oslo (east coast) passing Hardangervidda National Park. On our way back we will use a more northern route, but that’s still in planning.

This week I found three really nice articles for you to read. Have a look!

Management of Vulnerabilities in the UK Aerospace Industry

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Improving the Management of Supply Chain Vulnerability in UK Aerospace Manufacturing

Just recently I took a closer look at some aspects of supply chain risk management in the automotive supply chain. Within limits insights gained from this industry could also be transferred to other examples.

Today I review an early work focussing on another manufacturing industry: the UK aerospace manufacturers.

Research - This Week in Supply Chain Management (19 / 2012)

This week ended for me with a discussion of the possible congruence of research and practice and if one could really believe that “models” are even applicable to any real-life situation.