Title: Flexible resources allocation techniques: characteristics and modelling

Authors: El-Awady Attia; Kouassi Hilaire Edi; Philippe Duquenne

Addresses: LGC – UMR-CNRS 5503, PSI – Génie Industriel, INPT-ENSIACET, 4 allée Emile Monso – BP 44362, Toulouse 31030, Cedex 4, France ' Laboratoire de Mathématique Informatique et Applications, Université Abobo-Adjamé, Abidjan, 21 BP 1288 Abidjan 21, Ivory Coast ' LGC – UMR-CNRS 5503, PSI – Génie Industriel, INPT-ENSIACET, 4 allée Emile Monso – BP 44362, Toulouse 31030, Cedex 4, France

Abstract: At the interface between engineering, economics, social sciences and humanities, industrial engineering aims to provide answers to various sectors of business problems. One of these problems is the adjustment between the workload needed by the work to be realised and the availability of the company resources. The objective of this work is to help to find a methodology for the allocation of flexible human resources in industrial activities planning and scheduling. This model takes into account two levers of flexibility, one related to the working time modulation, and the other to the varieties of tasks that can be performed by a given resource (multi-skilled actor). On the one hand, multi-skilled actors will help to guide the various choices of the allocation to appreciate the impact of these choices on the tasks durations. On the other hand, the working time modulation that allows actors to have a work planning varying according to the workload which the company has to face.

Keywords: multi-skills; working time modulation; flexible resources; resource allocation; modelling; optimisation; work planning; scheduling; genetic algorithms; industrial engineering; human resources.

DOI: 10.1504/IJOR.2012.046649

International Journal of Operational Research, 2012 Vol.14 No.2, pp.221 - 254

Available online: 13 Apr 2012 *

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