A stochastic decision model for strategic supplier relationship portfolio management
by Zhanping Cheng; Andy A. Tsay; Xiaodong Yang
International Journal of Advanced Operations Management (IJAOM), Vol. 7, No. 1, 2015

Abstract: Management of a portfolio of strategic supplier relationships is complicated by their dynamism, uncertainty, information vagueness, significant profit impact, long-term orientation, substantial switching cost, and the interdependency among alternatives. To address this challenge, this paper first suggests a three-layer framework for strategic supplier relationship portfolio management. It then proposes a fuzzy binomial tree approximation-based stochastic model to analyse relationship dynamics and the value of a supplier relationship portfolio, taking into account both randomness and fuzziness uncertainty. Furthermore, it develops a decision model for supplier relationship portfolio configuration and adaptive development planning. Numerical examples are provided and some managerial implications are discussed.

Online publication date: Mon, 16-Mar-2015

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