Supply Chain Management: A Simulation Application

Ting Ma, Chong Po


From an organizational perspective, innovation leads to the implementation of new processes or the introduction of new products. The impact of innovations on single firm’s activities and how they are managed has been extensively studied. From a supply chain perspective, however, where the focus is on at least two firms or players, the applicability of the findings on managing innovations in a single firm is open to question. Hence, it appears that there is an apparent need to focus our efforts on examining how innovations can be successfully implemented in supply chains. We examine a production line system by employing a supply chain management approach. We look at a problem where a manufacturer needs to place sensors in order to supervise the production line. This work has implications for the design of systems in today’s complex environment.

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