Type of Document Dissertation Author Chaudhari, Gaurav Singh Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-11192008-130731 Title Information Network Design for Lean Logistics Degree PhD Department Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Sturges, Robert H. Committee Chair Koelling, Charles Patrick Committee Member Rahmandad, Hazhir Committee Member Sandu, Corina Committee Member Keywords
- Supply Chain Management
- System Dynamics
- Control Theory
Date of Defense 2008-11-06 Availability unrestricted AbstractManufacturing supply chains are invariably dynamic and complicated in nature. Hence, steady
state models are not sufficient for analyzing and designing supply chains. Models of supply
chains must accurately capture their dynamic behavior, which is determined by the structure of
the organization, and the policies adopted by management. System dynamics modeling provides
a powerful framework for this purpose.
The use of system dynamics models in supply chain management has thus far been limited to
explaining phenomenon like the bullwhip effect, and for policy development. We provide a
structured approach for policy design, which doesn’t rely on any simulation experiments.
Further, we study the impact that information network design has on the response of supply
chains. We use a combinatorial approach to develop guidelines for information network design.
Further, we examine the possibility of utilizing a PID information feedback structure to enhance
the responsiveness of the supply chain. Lastly, we propose a combined feedback feed-forward
information structure to enable a supply chain to rapidly respond to disturbances whose effects
are known. The goal of this dissertation is to provide a structured approach for the design of
information network structure, and operating policy.
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