Industrielles Management

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Forschungskooperationen Produktion und Supply Chain Management

Management of energy consumption in supply chains / Financial supply chain management

Cooperation partner: Prof. Dr. Simone Zanoni and Prof. Dr. Lucio Zavanella, Università Degli Studi di Brescia, Italy

This cooperation focuses on two different topics. First, it investigates the consumption of energy in production processes and develops policies that help to reduce energy requirements in industry. Secondly, it analyzes how financial flows should be coordinated in supply chains to maximize supply chain profits. In the past, this cooperation has led to several publications in renowned international journals, to joint conference presentations as well as to an exchange of PhD candidates.

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Integrating management judgment into inventory replenishment decisions

Cooperation partner: Prof. Dr. Aris Syntetos, Cardiff University, UK

This project investigates the causes and consequences of judgmental adjustments of demand forecasts in supply chains. In recent years, many researchers observed that demand forecasts are often adjusted by decision makers in practice, which raised the questions why adjustments are made and how these adjustments influence the quality of inventory replenishment decisions. The project contributes to answering these questions by developing inventory replenishment models that help to assess the impact of forecast adjustments on different key performance indicators of inventories. Thus far, the project has led to a research stay of Prof. Dr. Aris Syntetos in Darmstadt as well as to publications which are currently under review at renowned international journals.

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Integrating human factors into decision support models for production planning and logistics

Cooperation partner: Prof. Dr. Patrick Neumann and Prof. Dr. Mohamad Jaber, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

This cooperation studies how human factors, such as human learning or ergonomic issues, can be integrated into decision support models for production planning and logistics. The idea is to describe the influence of the production and logistics system on the human operator in a functional form, and to integrate these functions into decision support models, which then support the planning of production and logistics processes. Considering human factors in decision support models helps to achieve a more realistic planning outcome and to improve worker occupational health. This cooperation has thus far led to several publications in renowned international journals, to joint conference presentations, to an exchange of PhD candidates as well as to research stays of scientist in Toronto and Darmstadt.

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Risk management in closed-loop supply chains

Cooperation partner: Prof. Dr. Moncer Hariga, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

This project studies supply chains where certain products or product components are used more than once. In this case, items are returned from the end user to the manufacturer (or a specialized remanufacturer) from time to time, which makes it necessary to coordinate both the downstream and upstream flow of materials in the supply chain. The special focus of this project is on the development of safety measures – such as safety stocks or safety lead times – for different types of product components that are circulated in such supply chains. The cooperation has thus far led to papers which are currently under review at renowned international journals.

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Environmental impact of inventory management in supply chains

Cooperation partner: Dr. Johannes Fichtinger, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria

This cooperation covers various topics in the areas of production planning and control and logistics. The primary focus of the collaboration is on the investigation of sustainability aspects in the management of inventories and the planning of logistics processes. This cooperation has thus far led to several publications in renowned international journals and to joint conference presentations.

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Management of returnable transport items in supply networks

Cooperation partner: Prof. Dr. Taebok Kim, Incheon National University, Incheon, Korea

This cooperation investigates strategies for managing so-called returnable transport items in supply chains. Returnable transport items (RTIs), such as containers or pallets, often represent an important corporate asset, but managing RTI inventory levels and coordinating their downstream and upstream flows have not received much attention in the literature so far. This cooperation analyzes interdependencies between the flow of finished products and RTIs in supply chains, and it determines optimal schedules for the circulation of RTIs and optimal RTI inventory levels in the supply chain. Thus far, the cooperation has led to several publications in renowned international journals, to joint conference presentations as well as to an exchange of PhD candidates.

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