Complexity

Complexity Measures and Models in Supply Chain Networks


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1Technical University of Košice, Košice, Slovakia

2University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland

3Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy


Complexity Measures and Models in Supply Chain Networks

Description

Supply chains structured as networks with external suppliers, manufacturers, distribution centers, multiple retailers, and transportation assets have become in the last two decades increasingly global. They create more and more complex systems that moved from tightly coupled to loosely coupled structures. The challenge in designing supply chain systems is to reduce costs related to inventory storage, manufacturing activities, and transportation. There is no doubt that, for most manufacturers, increased supply chain complexity means significantly increased costs. In this regard, supply chain complexity measures and models can be effective tools for making optimization decisions assuming that complexity is reduced without losing functionality. In principle, the complexity is reduced when physical integration is utilized, for example, through modularization. Then, in terms of axiomatic design theory, related information quantity is reduced and the best design is the one with minimum information. However, there are different design characteristics of systems for which information content has to be defined based on given specifics. Therefore, the complexity problems call for novel specific approaches and measures of this system’s attribute.

We invite authors to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will demonstrate the continuing effort to understand the complexity of supply chain processes and let readers of this journal know more about supply chain networks optimization.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Endogenous uncertainty of supply chain (SC) networks
  • Exogenous uncertainty of SC networks
  • Topological complexity measures of SC networks
  • Uncertainty drivers in SC networks
  • The impact of SC complexity on manufacturing plant performance
  • Implications of SC complexity on delivery performance
  • Product complexity and its impact on supply chain design
  • Complexity management and supply chain performance assessment
  • Algorithms and computational complexity measures for SC networks
  • Models for understanding supply chain networks
  • Decision-making methods for logistics outsourcing in SC networks
  • Complexity issues of logistics services
  • Operational problems related to the complexity of product variety in SC networks
  • Evaluation of complex supply chain structures
  • Decision models in global SC management
  • Transaction complexity of global SC networks

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7015927
  • - Editorial

Complexity Measures and Models in Supply Chain Networks

Vladimir Modrak | Petri T. Helo | Dominik T. Matt
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8457231
  • - Research Article

Architecting a System Model for Personalized Healthcare Delivery and Managed Individual Health Outcomes

Inas S. Khayal | Amro M. Farid
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6038973
  • - Research Article

Optimization of Consignment-Store-Based Supply Chain with Black Hole Algorithm

Ágota Bányai | Tamás Bányai | Béla Illés
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 1460163
  • - Research Article

Stochastic Reliability Measurement and Design Optimization of an Inventory Management System

Abdulaziz T. Almaktoom
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5402896
  • - Research Article

A Multilayer Model Predictive Control Methodology Applied to a Biomass Supply Chain Operational Level

Tatiana M. Pinho | João Paulo Coelho | ... | José Boaventura-Cunha
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5286135
  • - Research Article

Modelling Decision-Making Processes in the Management Support of the Manufacturing Element in the Logistic Supply Chain

Robert Bucki | Petr Suchánek
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 9102824
  • - Research Article

Novel Complexity Indicator of Manufacturing Process Chains and Its Relations to Indirect Complexity Indicators

Vladimir Modrak | Zuzana Soltysova
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 4327069
  • - Research Article

Complex Characteristics of Multichannel Household Appliance Supply Chain with the Price Competition

Junhai Ma | Wandong Lou
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