International Journal of Integrated Supply Management
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International Journal of Integrated Supply Management (2 papers in press)
Third Party Logistics Service Providers Selection using AHP-DEAHP approach by Remica Aggarwal Abstract: Third party logistics service providers (3PLSPs) have become an extremely important part of todays supply chain environment. They are required in almost all business operations be it providing raw material to finish goods. 3PLSPs are also getting intricate in customer-oriented operations. At the right cost and after due consideration of all affecting criteria anything can be outsourced. Every organization needs to find a smart balance of what to produce in-house and what to procure/hire from outside service providers. Proper selection of the 3PLSP makes the organization competitive and increases the profitability. The present research focuses on first identifying criteria or enablers, which can be used to evaluate third party logistics service providers and then to select the most appropriate from the available choices based on a hybrid technique of Data Envelopment Analytic Hierarchy Process (DEAHP). This integrated technique makes use of data envelopment analysis to generate local weights of alternatives from pairwise comparison of judgement matrix used in the AHP for selecting third party logistic service provider. Through the literature review, fourteen major selection criteria were identified. Thus, DEAHP (i.e. combined DEA-AHP approach) has been used as an alternative to the traditional methods of weight derivation in AHP. The uniqueness of the research lies in the application of this hybrid technique to the selection of third party logistic service provider for a manufacturing company. Keywords: Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA); Multi-criteria Decision Making; Third party logistics; Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP).
Mapping working capital models in the automotive industry by Lotta Lind, Sari Monto, Timo Kärri Abstract: This paper analyzes working capital models applied by companies in the automotive industry. The paper contributes to the emerging research stream of financial supply chain management and provides support for improving inter-organizational working capital management. The data for the observation period 20062015 has been collected from the financial statements of 41 companies operating in the automotive value chain. The paper introduces a WCM matrix which can be used for identifying working capital models in the value chains. The results showed that different working capital models are applied within the value chain stages, and two thirds of the companies reduced their workingrncapital during the observation period. The WCM matrix positions the companies in the preferred context by their working capital management and shows how the working capital of companies is formed. The paper is based on an extensive set of real-life financial figures and offers new insights for studying working capital models in the value chains. Keywords: working capital management; financial supply chain management; automotive industry; cash conversion cycle; working capital model.