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  •   Free full-text access Open AccessAmbidexterity in the supply chain: studying the apparel industry
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    by David Güemes-Castorena, Brenda Ruiz-Monroy 
    Abstract: Some decades ago, the concept of "ambidexterity" was introduced in the theory and practice of organization management, but only recently applied to the management of the entire supply chain. Our goals in this article are to propose a definition for Ambidextrous supply chains in the field of apparel and to study the three leaders of the industry and identify if they balance their supply chain archetypes in their way to Ambidexterity. The apparel industry is one of the most global and fluctuating industries in the world, and apparel supply chains play a strategic role in the growth of the industry and permanency of the brands through end-consumer responsiveness. An ambidextrous supply chain refers to the ability to maintain daily operations excellence while looking for constant innovation and the ability to keep balance. This balance might be achieved through an ambidextrous supply chain. The three studied cases show how organizations can achieve ambidexterity by managing trade-offs latent in this industry.
    Keywords: ambidexterity; supply chain archetypes; apparel industry; innovation process; strategic management; case study.

  • Analysis of agile supply chain enablers for an Indian manufacturing organisation   Order a copy of this article
    by Bharat Singh Patel, Atul Kumar Tiwari, Manish Kumar, Cherian Samuel, Goutam Sutar 
    Abstract: The contemporary manufacturing companies are making endeavours to implement agility in their supply chain to become competitors in highly uncertain and fast changing business environment. To be truly agile, a supply chain must possess a number of distinguishing characteristics which can be called as Agile Supply Chain (ASC) enablers. Again, to focus and attentive to all agility enablers effectively is not economical. Thus, to overcome this problem an AHP based framework is proposed in this study that would help the supply chain managers to assign relative importance to various agility enablers. The objective of present work is to categorise ASC enablers and examine its relative importance for better implementation of agility in perspective of an Indian manufacturing industry. This study deploys, Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), a popular Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) tool as a solution methodology, such that the decision problem breaks into hierarchy of different levels constituting goal, criteria and alternatives. A case study of a North India based manufacturing organisation is presented, in which four experts from the case-organisation and two experts from academia are contemplating to reach consensus for the pair-wise comparison of criteria and alternatives. The results show that there are three enablers namely virtual enterprises, customer satisfaction and adaptability are among the top priority enablers; enabler collaborative relationship is the moderate priority enabler and remaining three enablers i.e. use of information technology, market sensitivity and flexibility are the lowest priority enablers. To effectively implement agility in the supply chain, this study proposes that the manufacturing industries need to focus on the most important ASC enablers and also address the enablers with the least important at a later stage.
    Keywords: Agile manufacturing; Agile supply chain; Agile supply chain enablers; Analytic hierarchy process (AHP); Flexibility; Customer satisfaction; Adaptability.

  • Multidisciplinary Design Automation A Conceptual Framework for Working with Product Model Extensions   Order a copy of this article
    by Tim Heikkinen 
    Abstract: Design automation can be used to support efficient information handling and knowledge processing in computer-based product modelling, as well as make possible new design exploration and optimisation capabilities. To be able to utilise and manage design automation systems over time, it is important to understand how the disciplinary methods and models are dependent on each other through the product model constituents and then how these relations should be built to support maintenance, leveraging and future reuse. Awareness of the concrete representation of relations could support the systems traceability and transparency, and depending on the chosen technique, comprehension and extendability can be affected. This paper presents a conceptual framework for how a set of product model constituents are, can and to some extent, should be extended to define relations in multidisciplinary design automation systems.
    Keywords: Multidisciplinary design automation; system relations; extended product model.

  • CT Based Agile 3D Printing System For Pre-operative Planning Of Orthopaedic Surgeries   Order a copy of this article
    by Ton Tron, Wencheng Liu, Bernard Chen, Andrey Molotnikov, Xinhua Wu 
    Abstract: Addressing the increase in complexity and number of orthopaedic surgeries especially in the aging population is a major challenge to orthopaedic surgeons. The availability of physical model of patient-specific bones can benefit pre-operative planning of surgeries and lead to better surgical options and improved outcomes. This paper describes a CT-based agile 3D printing system for manufacturing patient-specific bones that can be used for pre-operative planning and assist in the choice and application of orthopaedic implants.
    Keywords: 3D printing; Computed tomography (CT); Structure of bones; Orthopaedic surgery; Pre-operative planning.

    by Harsimran Singh Sodhi 
    Abstract: Purpose:The purpose of this paper is to systematically report about the literature of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) addressing various aspects of its application like: year wise publications of LSS, applications of LSS in terms of geographical basis and on the basis of nature of industries and also to find the various barriers and problems associated with the successful implementation of LSS. Design/ Methodology: Present research is based upon a systematic literature review of LSS publications in past decades, i.e. from 1990 to 2018. Total number of 127 research articles have been reviewed. Well known database searches including EBSOC, Science direct, Emerald, Google Scholar etc. has been consulted. Findings:Number of issues related to LSS are highlighted in this article, which includes various critical factors responsible for its implementation, benefits of LSS, limitations and barriers associated with its implementation. Practical Implications:Referring to the present scenario of manufacturing industry it is becoming highly important for the practitioners to be aware of various aspects, advantages, critically important factors, limitations and tools and techniques of LSS implementation process. Therefore present paper will present valuable insight to the practitioners. Originality and Value: Present study predicts that USA is highly utilizing LSS as waste management technique in its various production and service sector and LSS also found its high demand in automobile sector as well.
    Keywords: Lean Manufacturing; Six Sigma; Lean Six Sigma; Literature Review.

  • Towards the democratisation of design: A generalised capability model for FDM   Order a copy of this article
    by Mark Goudswaard, Ben Hicks, Aydin Nassehi 
    Abstract: The manufacture of functional parts via Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is inhibited by a lack of understanding of the manufacturing process itself. This results in parts having unpredictable and unreliable mechanical properties. Correspondingly, this paper considers the incorporation of Capability Profiles (CPs) in the design process for FDM as a solution. The evolved requirements of CPs for FDM when compared to traditional subtractive processes are considered and the necessary process information that would be incorporated within them is presented. A review of existing literature of the effect of process parameters on mechanical properties of FDM parts identifies process variability and the effects of shape and scale as areas currently insufficiently studied. To address this, a programme of tensile tests are conducted revealing i) significant variation (26%) in identical test specimens ultimate tensile strength ; ii) that properties do not scale linearly with specimen size; and iii) that cross-sectional shape directly impacts mechanical performance. The results of these tests are pooled with those from existing literature to define the parameters that need to be included within a capability profile for FDM. The functionality of such a capability profile is shown by demonstrating how these parameters would be used to determine the mechanical properties of an artefact.
    Keywords: Democratisation of Design; Filament Deposition Modelling; Mechanical Testing; Material Testing; Capability Profiles.

  • Learning organization as technology for the socio-economic paradigm implementation   Order a copy of this article
    by Nataša Rup?i? 
    Abstract: The paper discusses prospects of the paradigm shift and proposes the learning organization concept as the technology for the implementation of the learning socio-economic paradigm. The learning socio-economic concept can be described as an overarching business model or a paradigm, providing governing principles regarding interests of major stakeholders. The proposed learning organization structure-behaviour platform can be analysed from the organizational and individual perspective. The proposed concept based on the learning organization premises can contribute to the development of the social democratic process and welfare so the main social challenge within the learning framework becomes stimulating positive manifestations of cooperation and complexity as well as increasing behavioural variety as a means of fighting entropy. The paper therefore represents an attempt to provide a descriptive and normative guidance for developing a model for modern business making in terms of personal growth, business excellence and social inclusiveness and sustainability.
    Keywords: paradigm; socio-economic paradigm; learning socio-economic paradigm; learning organization.

  • A Fuzzified Story Point Approach For Agile Projects   Order a copy of this article
    by Anupama Kaushik, Devendra Kr. Tayal, Kalpana Yadav 
    Abstract: Effort estimation is very important for any software development organization. A lot of work is present for effort estimation in traditional software development but, effort estimation in agile software development (ASD) poses a great research challenge as not much of work is done in this regard. This work proposes a fuzzy approach to effort estimation in agile software development environment by identifying first the cost drivers affecting the effort of agile projects and then calculating the effort using fuzzified story point approach. These cost drivers are collected by taking a web survey from the companies in Delhi-NCR which practise ASD. Statistical tests are also performed in order to show the dependency of effort on these cost drivers. Here, fuzzy interval type-2 is used which is compared with fuzzy type-1. It is found that, the effort calculated using fuzzy interval type-2 is better than fuzzy type-1.
    Keywords: Software Effort Estimation; Fuzzy logic; Agile software development (ASD); Interval Type-2 FIS; Cost drivers; Agile Effort; Story Point Approach;.

  • Critical Factors in Information Technology Capability for Enhancing Firms Environmental Performance: Case of Indonesian ICT Sector   Order a copy of this article
    by Ferry Jie, Darius Antoni, Ahmad Abareshi 
    Abstract: Information technology (IT) capability can be adopted by organisations to improve their environmental performance in order to meet environmental regulations, improve their profitability and enhance their competitive position in the marketplace. The main purpose of this paper is to develop a research framework which can serve as a basis to understand how IT capability leads to improvement of environmental performance and what critical IT capabilities would improve environmental performance in an organisation. The hypothesised framework is developed based on a review of the literature on RBV theory and green IT. The data is collected using a questionnaire method. Then the questionnaire is structured and presented on a seven-point Likert scale to facilitate examination of the relationship between the role of IT capability and organisational environmental performance. A seven-point Likert scale is used to measure the perceptions of participants in using IT capability for improving environmental performance in each organisation, which later determined the critical factors of IT capability for improving environmental performance. The sampling unit of this study is from managerial levels in selected 1265 Indonesian ICT organisations based on the list provided by the Ministry of Trade, Republic of Indonesia. The findings show that environmental performance is influenced by IT infrastructure quality, IT human resources competence, and environmental IT competence.
    Keywords: IT capability; environmental performance; IT infrastructure; IT human Resources; green IT.

  • Sample Median Approximation on Stochastic Data Envelopment Analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Anton Abdulbasah Kamil, Marah Doli Nasution, Herman Mawengkang 
    Abstract: This paper study a new approximation model to solving Stochastic Data Envelopment Analysis (SDEA) Problem. The proposed approach is based on problems that might occur in everyday life. This paper discusses the approach in determining the efficiency and super efficiency ratings of a Decision Making Unit (DMU) in the DEA model with stochastic data. In determining efficiency, SDEA is first transformed into an equivalent deterministic DEA by changing its chance constraints in such a way that the SDEA problem can be solved easily. The author proposes an approach technique called a Sample Median Approximation (SMA) to change the chance constraints so that it will be easy to get the optimal solution in determining the efficiency of DMUs. In the process, the data to be processed first is determined by the median average which will later be considered to represent the actual sample average. As a numerical example, the author resolves the vendor selection problem as presented by Wu and Olson (2006) in their paper. By taking the same parameter value (alpha = 0.2 and beta = 0.9), the efficiency score and super efficiency of the problem are obtained.
    Keywords: Stochastic Data Envelopment Analysis; Sample Median Approximation; super efficiency.

  • A framework to promote social sustainability in industry 4.0   Order a copy of this article
    by Alessandra Papetti, Monica Pandolfi, Margherita Peruzzini, Michele Germani 
    Abstract: Industrial process digitalization is pervading numerous areas of production system, including sustainability. The study presents a method to affirm how the social sustainability of a company also passes through the protection of the welfare of the worker and describes a case study focused on SMEs. The method considers different aspects including the characteristics of the worker/s, the working context, and the content of the work activity. From this point of view, objectives of social sustainability in the factory environment have been defined, which are made up of multifactorial variables that are often present in the same context. The support of the technology accompanying the method is the IoT system, in particular the integration of the wearable technological devices. Following the proposed method, the results of the case study offer many in-depth insights, from the objective analysis of personal characteristics to the organization of work, from the use of technological tools to the concomitant administration of questionnaires, from the application of international standards to the association of methodologies more or less recognized, but able to systematize generally dated evaluation processes. In any case, pursuing the same objective of ensuring social sustainability.
    Keywords: Social sustainability; Human-Centered Manufacturing; Ergonomics; Industry 4.0; Internet of Things (IoT).

    by Alicia Martín-Navarro, María Paula Lechuga Sancho, José Aurelio Medina-Garrido 
    Abstract: BPMs or Business Process Management Systems represent a technology that automates business processes, connecting users to their tasks. There are many business processes within the port activity that can be improved through the use of more efficient technologies and BPM in particular, which can help to coordinate and automate critical processes such as cargo manifests, customs declaration the management of scales, or dangerous goods, traditionally supported by EDI technologies. These technologies could be integrated with BPM, modernizing port logistics management. The aim of this work is to demonstrate, through a systematic analysis of the literature, the state of the art in BPM research. For this, a systematic review of the literature of the last ten years was carried out. The works generated by the search were subsequently analysed and filtered. After the investigation, it is discovered that the relationship between BPM and the port sector is practically non-existent which represents an important gap to be covered and a future line of research.
    Keywords: Business process management; BPMS; workflow system; backport terminals; port; literature review.