Title: Resilient closed-loop supply chain network design based on patent protection

Authors: Hanwei Fang; Renbin Xiao

Addresses: School of Management, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430073, China ' Institute of Systems Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China

Abstract: Resilient management problem in closed-loop supply chain network design based on patent protection is studied. A system supply framework is established, integrating resilient members selection/pre-warning/manufacturing and recycle/resilient inventory operation/resilient congestion delay/resilient transportation. Then we put forward supply chain resilient management methods, combining general model of supply chain network design, establishing a competitive multi-sourcing closed-loop resilient network. According to the failure of various distributors' business, we make use of resilient framework with multiple-source supply. Finally, a simulation application is made with different expectations tolerance level, so as to inspect their influence to the target function, resilient framework and competitive manufacturer with remanufacturer, and make a resilient network redesign.

Keywords: network design; resilient management; patent protection; resilient networks; resilient supply chains; network design; supply chain design; patents; supply chain management; SCM; simulation; network redesign; network resilience.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2013.055566

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2013 Vol.48 No.1, pp.49 - 57

Published online: 31 Jul 2013 *

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