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A comparison of mathematical modelling approaches for stability analysis of supply chains
by Bernd Scholz-Reiter; Thomas Makuschewitz; Fabian Wirth; Michael Schonlein; Sergey Dashkovskiy; Michael Kosmykov
International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management (IJLSM), Vol. 10, No. 2, 2011

 

Abstract: Production and transportation processes along a supply chain are dynamic. In particular they are subject to perturbations (e.g., breakdown of a resource) that can destabilise the network. Stability is a major property of a supply chain that is essential for a sustainable relationship to its customers. In order to verify the stability of a given supply chain different criteria have been developed. This paper addresses the problem of choosing a proper mathematical modelling approach for a real world network in order to investigate stability. For this reason we discuss different modelling approaches. Each of these approaches can model different characteristics of a supply chain and features a specific stability criterion. By comparing these approaches the paper supports choosing a proper modelling approach for a real world supply chain.

Online publication date: Fri, 23-Sep-2011

 

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