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International Journal of Intelligent Enterprise (14 papers in press)


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  • Manufacturing Execution Systems: An Accelerated Enablement Protocol   Order a copy of this article
    by Arnesh Telukdarie 
    Abstract: Production facilities deliver value as subsets of larger corporate entities with a key enabler being systems, inclusive of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and supplementary systems. The enterprise requires operational data for strategic and operational management. Interdependent, upstream and downstream units are also data dependent for optimal operations. The efficiency of top floor to shop floor communication and vice versa, is highly dependent upon the technological maturity of the middle layer or Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). This research focuses on the development of an evaluation toolset for Manufacturing Execution Systems maturity, specifically determining a Business Units system maturity relative to best practice. The core purpose of this research is to deliver a toolset that expedites the evaluation of a current business specific system, relative to a best practice scenario providing key data to maximize business. The methodology includes hierarchical segregation of the business together with focused, internationally referenced, questions facilitating system maturity evaluations. The Likert association methodology facilitates data gathering. The toolset development is approached on a tiered basis with a business process specific focus. Results analysis focus on current maturity, required maturity and gap emphasis. The potential application of the toolset includes any environment which requires business to manufacturing integration including, petrochemical, mining, manufacturing, pharmaceutical. The case study successfully highlights the key areas that are a priority for business enablement.
    Keywords: Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES),IIOT; Systems; Evaluation tools; Business optimization.

  • A fuzzy imperfect quality inventory model with proportionate discount under learning effect   Order a copy of this article
    by Rojalin Patra, Milu Acharya, Mitali Madhusmita Nayak, Srikanta Patnaik 
    Abstract: The present article establishes both crisp and fuzzy Economic order quantity (EOQ) models with proportionate discount for items with imperfect quality under learning effect. In this proposed model, first we developed the crisp inventory model for the items with imperfect quality where the defective items follow a learning curve. Finally, we discussed on two different cases of fuzzy inventory models. Case -1: Defective rate follows a learning curve and the demand rate assumed to be a triangular fuzzy number. Case -2: Defective rate, fixed ordering cost and holding cost follow the learning curve and the demand rate taken to be a triangular fuzzy number. The aim of this study is to defuzzify the total profit function by using signed distance method. Numerical examples are provided to demonstrate the developed models. Sensitivity analysis is conducted to examine the effect of number of shipments on the order quantity and total profits of the models.
    Keywords: Inventory; EOQ; Imperfect quality; Proportionate discount; Triangular fuzzy number; Signed distance; Learning effects; Defuzzification.rn.

  • Adoption of Sustainable Supply Operation Quality Practices and their impact on Stakeholders Performance & Sustainable performance for Sustainable Competitiveness in Indian Manufacturing Companies   Order a copy of this article
    by Sumit Gupta, G.S. Dangayach, A.K. Singh, M.L. Meena, P.N. Rao 
    Abstract: In the present scenario the manufacturing companies are emphasizing on the sustainability practices at all levels of the product life cycle. The companies are primarily focusing on the sustainability of supply operations and the quality of supply operations management. The purpose of this paper is to present a research model that defines sustainable supply operation quality (SSOQ) practices in context of stakeholders performance, sustainable performance and sustainable competitiveness outcomes. This paper identifies research issues related to sustainable supply operations quality practices. In total 345 companies were analyzed with structural equation modeling. From the analysis, it is found that sustainable supply operation quality practices leads to the better sustainable competitiveness of the organisation. The study confirmed that the company takes the lead in achieving excellent stakeholders performance and sustainable performance through SSOQ.
    Keywords: sustainable supply operation quality; sustainable performance; stakeholder’s performance; sustainable competitiveness and structural equation modeling.

  • A Multi-Criterion based Integrated Methodology for the Selection of Expert System Shell   Order a copy of this article
    by Yashpal Singh, Rahul Mishra, S.S. Bedi, H.C. Yadav 
    Abstract: Expert Systems (ES) applications are being designed using Expert System Shell (ESS). Various ESSs are commonly available nowadays to design and develop the expert system in various fields. The options range from the choice of hardware platforms to the choice of computer languages and software interfaces. This study illustrates a method to select the most appropriate ESS where multiple criteria exist not only from functional requirements but also from technical and vendor-support perspectives. In the present study, an integrated approach is presented to help Expert System developers to select most suitable Expert System Shell among a set of existing alternatives for their current and future needs. For this purpose, a fuzzy TOPSIS integrated with entropy method is proposed to carry out ESS selection. The applicability of the proposed approach has been illustrated through a case study.
    Keywords: Expert System Shell; Software Selection; Fuzzy TOPSIS; MCDM; Entropy.

  • Tussle to Trust: Developing an Appreciative Climate for a Hydro-Power Organization in India   Order a copy of this article
    by Hardik Shah, Shilpa Surana 
    Abstract: Many large organizations are often concerned with issues of conflicts (constant tussle), building trust and engagement at workplace. Conflict between two managers, groups, or departments is commonly witnessed in organizations as a grab for power, position, or pay/budget. The conflict seeps into the groups and departments and its visible outcomes become manifested in groups and organizations--people dont see eye to eye, miscommunicate, hold resources, misinterpret communications, disobey, play politics, display low level of trust, become disengaged etc. In view of this, department heads, project heads and team leaders have been trying to answer questions like Can conflict be functional?; Can conflict help to have better decisions?; Can conflict be transformed into trust & engagement? This is critical since employee engagement is becoming an important indicator of organizational success. This research paper describes how Appreciative Inquiry (AI) has been used and applied to transform the tussle into trust & engagement. The paper illustrates use of experiential workshop methodology for different groups of managers selected based on their designation (Managers to DGM levels) and years of experience. Firstly, various conflict experiences for selected midlevel managers (Sample of 55) were discovered (in story form) as a starting point. Various themes were identified out of these stories. In the next step, they were divided into groups of 6-8 people and dreamed about the most engaging climate using visualization activities. Following this, the groups worked on action plans or mechanisms for managing tussle and developing appreciative climate of trustworthiness and engagement.
    Keywords: Conflict; Appreciative Climate; Trust; Engagement.

  • Interpretive Structural Modelling of Risk Factors in New Product Development Process: Development of an Integrated Framework   Order a copy of this article
    by Avanish Singh Chauhan, Gunjan Soni, Ajay Pal Singh Rathore 
    Abstract: The focus of this study is on exploring the risk factors affecting new product development (NPD) processes in manufacturing enterprises. Interpretive structural modelling (ISM) approach is utilised in this research for analysing the interactions between different risk pillars, and among various risk factors within each risk pillar. The findings of this study reveal the underlying relations between various risk factors prevalent in NPD process. The ISM based integrated framework developed in this study would enable engineering managers and practitioners of NPD in understanding the inter-dependencies among the risk factors and would help them in directing their resources towards mitigating these factors occurring in NPD initiatives of their enterprises. These finding would be beneficial for identifying the driving risk factors having major impact on product development process, enabling the decision makers to make informed choices while managing NPD projects.
    Keywords: New product development (NPD); risk factors; risk pillars; interpretive structural modelling (ISM); integrated framework.

  • A Review of Multi-objective Inventory Control Problems   Order a copy of this article
    by Peeyush Vats, Gunjan Soni, Ajay Pal Singh Rathore 
    Abstract: This paper presents a comprehensive review, summary, and discussion on multi objective inventory control problems and the solution approaches. Since past decade, no seminal review paper has been published on multi objective inventory problems and the solution approaches. Therefore there is a requirement to present a review on the relevant field. In this review paper, current research practices in the relevant field and further research directions are suggested. This paper will be helpful for researchers and practitioners as; it is a single source of the relevant articles and helps to keep up to date on previously published research papers on multi objective inventory problems and the various solution approaches.
    Keywords: Multi objective; inventory problems; solution approaches; review.

  • A Framework for Sustainable Supply Chains: Evaluation of Implementation Barriers   Order a copy of this article
    by Bikram K. Bahinipati, Swayam S. Panigrahi 
    Abstract: Sustainable supply chain Management (SSCM) identifies and integrates a set of key business processes to provide products, services and information for value addition through collaborative and sustainable efforts of supply chain members. In order to accomplish this objective, sustainable supply chain practices need to be implemented to ensure a strong and healthy society without compromising the performance limits and governance, while attaining the environmental, economic, and social goals. The literature and industry experts have identified the critical inhibiting indicators for the successful implementation of SSCM practices. The sustainable supply chain evaluates different alternatives against multiple sustainable practice attributes which should be considered simultaneously to arrive at an appropriate implementation decision. The focus of this paper is to develop a framework for implementation of sustainable practices in Indian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for competitive advantage. An analytic hierarchy process (AHP) framework has been proposed for SMEs to resolve the conflicts and quantify the impact of critical inhibitors on SSCM implementation. The assessment of the priority weight of these inhibitors would help the decision makers to prioritise the action plan for implementation of SSCM practices. A sensitivity analysis is conducted to identify the sensitive points in the decision process.
    Keywords: Sustainable Supply Chain; Implementation Barriers; Analytic Hierarchy Process; Sustainable Practices; Sensitivity Analysis; Implementation framework.

Special Issue on: Supply Chain Quality and Sustainability

  • An Insight into Centralized Sourcing Strategy for Enhancing Performance and Sustainability of Multi-tier Supply Network   Order a copy of this article
    by Avinash Bagul, Indrajit Mukherjee 
    Abstract: In a multi-tier supply network, sourcing strategy, consisting of supplier selection (SS) and order quantity allocation (OQA) to selected supplier(s), is a critical and challenging task for practitioners. Every player, in every tier of sourcing network, attempts to select quality conscious suppliers and optimize its own inventory cost per unit time for OQA. However, this may results in sub-optimal solution(s) for overall multi-tier supply network. Considering centralized sourcing strategy for SS and OQA may provide global best solution and sustainable supply network. This paper attempts to quantitatively illustrate inventory cost saving for coordinated centralized sourcing strategy for all tiers compared to independent decentralized sourcing strategy at individual tier in the supply network. Suitable mathematical models (single and multi-tier) and corresponding solution framework is used to determine local optima and global best solution for a comparative analysis. A real life electric goods manufacturing industry case study is used to demonstrate significant cost advantage for a centralized as compared to decentralize sourcing strategy. Sensitivity analysis with varied unit material price is also illustrated in this study.
    Keywords: Supply network; Sustainability; Multi-tier supply; Supplier selection; Supplier Quality; Sourcing; Order quantity allocation; Inventory cost.

  • Developing the preferred supplier relationships A case study   Order a copy of this article
    by Sunil Kumar C V, Srikanta Routroy 
    Abstract: The manufacturer-supplier relationships along the manufacturing supply chains have become the rich sources for generating the sustainable competitive advantages. Consequently in developing these relationships, often the manufacturers are inclined to have preferred supplier relationships established so as to cater their long term requirements. In this regard, a manufacturer must adopt a scientific process to favourably associate with few selected suppliers and eventually choose to develop the right suppliers in order to generate the supply base advantages over the other manufacturers. However, in practice often the right suppliers are not systematically promoted and thereby the opportunities for achieving the potential growth of manufacturing supply chains are greatly lost. Considering this issue, the current study is focused on proposing a systematic approach for establishing the preferred supplier relationships. By implementing the proposed process, a manufacturer can ensure that the right suppliers are professionally endorsed and the manufacturer-supplier relationships are optimally flourished.
    Keywords: Preferred supplier concept; fuzzy analytical hierarchy process; fuzzy TOPSIS; manufacturer-supplier relationships; preferred supplier status.

  • Sustainable Supplier Selection by Way of Managing Knowledge: A Case of Automotive Industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Ahmad Jamalian, Abdolhamid Safaei Ghadikolaei, Mohammad Zarei, Rohollah Ghasemi 
    Abstract: For a long time, Knowledge Management (KM) has globally known as an enabler for Supply Chain Management (SCM). In addition, by developing the literature of sustainability in SCMs, Sustainable Supplier Selections (SSS) have widely been an importance issue. Thus, the main aim of the current research is to investigate the relationship between Knowledge Management Process Capability (KMPC) with SSS in one of the Iranian automobile manufacturer, so called SAIPA. In this regard, after reviewing the related literature the researchs model was extracted. Meanwhile, well-designed questionnaires were distributed among the 191 SAIPA Corps experts, who have had the adequate understanding of KM. Besides, an applied research has been used in this study as a research method, as well as a Canonical Correlation Coefficient for collecting the data. Furthermore, cross-sectional study has been used. Finally, based on the acquired results of the study in regards to the SAIPAs SCM, it can be claimed; there is a meaningful, as well as positive linkage between KMPC and SSS criteria.
    Keywords: Sustainable Suppliers Selection; Knowledge Management Process Capabilities; Canonical Correlation Analysis.

  • Coordination Quality Index: A metric for measuring the quality of coordination efforts in humanitarian supply chain   Order a copy of this article
    by Anand Gurumurthy, Lijo John 
    Abstract: Coordination challenges in humanitarian supply chain (HSC) have plagued logistician for long in the humanitarian domain. Since coordination requires deployment of resources in terms of manpower, material and money, it is a cost center by (Balcik et al., 2010; Stephenson, 2005) all the associated members of the HSC. The effectiveness of the coordination practice has a direct consequence on the performance HSC operations. Therefore, it becomes imperative for the managers to quantify the effectiveness of the coordination activities for improving the operations of HSC. This study aims to address this gap and provide humanitarian agencies with a decision support tool to measure effectiveness of its coordination strategies in achieving the related benefits such as improved resource utilization, better information sharing, improved perception of value of coordination, streamlined organizational mandates, etc. Coordination Quality Index (CQI) is introduced to address this need. CQI is an aggregate measure of the degree of implementation of various coordination practices carried out by the humanitarian agencies. Furthermore, the application of the proposed methodology is demonstrated in the setting of Chennai Flood relief activities.The results indicate that the overall quality score obtained for coordination during the Chennai floods was moderate to low. Though, the perception of value for coordination and effectiveness of resource utilization was from moderate to high, the major reason for the poor coordination was due to the poor information sharing, large diversity of actors and lack of streamlined organizational mandates. It was also found that, though there were efforts to improve coordination between the stakeholders in HSC during the relief operation of Chennai floods, benefits of the coordination were not achieved.
    Keywords: Coordination quality index; Coordination; Humanitarian supply chain; Case study; Chennai floods.

  • A Practical Quality Management System Implementation Framework for Small-Sized Companies   Order a copy of this article
    by Om Prakash Yadav 
    Abstract: An effective quality management system is critical for having a smooth and efficient supply chain system. Establishing and maintaining quality systems is more challenging for smaller companies compared to larger organizations. This paper presents a cost effective and do-it-yourself approach to design and implement a quality management system for smaller organizations. It proposes a quality system implementation framework for small-medium sized companies to enable their transition from a no-quality system to having a more effective quality system. The study also proposes an effective continuous improvement and system maintenance plan after implementing the quality system. The proposed framework is validated using a case study of a small door manufacturing company. The findings of this study reveal several setbacks during quality management implementation and suggest means to overcome them. Benefits and results achieved by implementation of proposed framework will be useful for quality practitioners, quality managers, consultants, and engineers, especially in small companies.
    Keywords: quality management system; implementation framework; small-sized; ISO 9001; continuous improvement; maintenance.

  • Supply Chain Risk Management and Quality: A Case Study and Analysis of Indian Automotive Industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Aditya Gautam, Surya Prakash, Umang Soni 
    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to study supply chain risk management and quality aspects of Indian automotive industries. The potential risks are identified in the supply chain by taking the inputs from available literature. The supply chain risk management enablers are further identified so that most critical supply chain risks can be prioritized and ranked. The study successfully identified enablers from Indian automotive industry perspective which includes, relationship, multiple sourcing, redundancy, flexibility, coordination, visibility, collaboration, and postponement. This work also performed analysis of each enables and guidance to identify the most appropriate supply chain risk management strategy is presented. The survey tool for twenty highly experienced professionals is implemented. The results show that the top enablers are relationship and multiple sourcing in Indian context to design the most efficient risk management and supply chain quality improvement policies. It was also found out that production problem at supplier end, internal machine breakdown, and raw material fluctuations are most critical risks in modern Indian automotive supply chain environment.
    Keywords: Supply Chain Risk; Risk Analysis; Risk Identification; Supply Chain Risk Management; Indian Automotive Industry; Quality Improvement.