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International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling
International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling


Special Issue on: "Advanced Models for the Design, Optimisation and Performance Measurement of Supply Chains"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Eleonora Bottani and Prof. Roberto Montanari, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma
Dr. Kannan Govindan, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Modern supply chains are complex in structure. They can encompass owned or contracted manufacturing and transportation facilities, suppliers, distributors and customer service centres scattered around the globe. Consequently, new strategic priorities besides costs have emerged as important enablers for competition, such as flexibility, customer service, after-sales service, cycle time and control of stockouts.

The proper design of echelons and corresponding interrelations is important to ensuring correct functionality of a distribution channel. Proper design, planning and control of supply chains offers opportunities in terms of quality improvement, cost and lead time reduction, rapid response to changes, and ultimately allows excelling in performance levels.

Hence there is an increasing need for the investigation of how supply chain design can affect the performance of logistics channels. Major techniques that can be exploited to this extent include simulation models, operation research models (e.g. linear programming) and artificial intelligence algorithms.

This special issue aims to collect contributions related to advanced supply chain design, supply chain optimisation and supply chain performance measurement.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Advanced tools for supply chain design, including:
    • Supply chain simulation models
    • Operation research models for supply chain design
    • Artificial intelligence tools for supply chain design
  • Supply chain optimisation, including:
    • Inventory management
    • Supply chain management
    • Forward and reverse logistics
    • Distribution networks and facility design
  • Supply chain performance measurement, including:
    • Metrics for supply chain management
    • Performance measurement systems for supply chain management
    • Advanced models for supply chain performance measurement

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 20 October 2011 (extended)