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International Journal of Mass Customisation (3 papers in press)
DYNAMIC DESIGN OF SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN NETWORKS A FUZZY BASED APPROACH by Nina Vojdani, Mathias Knop Abstract: Supply chain networks change continuously due to varying objectives, requirements as well as restrictions. The ability of supply chain networks to adapt to changing requirements, especially in fast moving industries, is decisive. As sustainability issues in supply chain management are increasingly concerned among companies, adequate approaches for redesign and replanning considering sustainability become essential.
This paper proposes a fuzzy based approach to support the dynamic design and planning of sustainable supply chain networks from a stakeholders perspective. An approach is introduced to define and select sustainability measures. In addition, a continuous monitoring of stakeholder requirements, supply chain performance, and market trends accounts for the necessity of redesign and replanning.
The approach will qualify companies to select sustainability measures to handle rising complexity within sustainable supply chain decision making context. The findings contribute to the literature on stakeholder management within sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) research. Keywords: supply chain design; sustainable supply chain management; stakeholder management; stakeholder requirement; sustainability measure; replanning; redesign; fuzzy logic.
Willingness to pay and wait for mass customised products by Hassan Kalantari Daronkola, Lester W Johnson Abstract: Researchers have investigated whether customers would be willing to pay more for mass customised products and also whether they would wait to receive them. But surprisingly, these two issues have not been examined simultaneously. We describe a study where we use conjoint analysis, a market research technique, to examine the customer trade-off between price, delivery waiting time and type of customisation in the walking stick market in Australia. Our approach should be relatively easily repeatable in other mass customisation markets. Keywords: Mass Customised products; conjoint analysis; willingness to pay; willingness to wait; segmentation.
Rule Authoring for Vehicle Configuration Management: An Experimental Study on Graph Based Representations by Keith Phelan, Joshua Summers, Mary Kurz Abstract: The purpose of this research is to conduct a user study in order to determine whether the implementation of a visual rule authoring mechanism would increase the accuracy and/or consistency of the rules being implemented. The researchers hypothesized that using the visual method for implementing rules would result in a higher degree of accuracy and consistency among the participants. However, the results showed a decrease in the response accuracy for implementing all of the rules in the system. This is likely due in part to the graphical representation method requiring more training than the standard text-based rule implementation method. The most significant limitation in this study was the difference in familiarity of the participants with their respective rule implementation systems. As a result of this limitation, an additional study was conducted in which a third group of participants were given the same questions, but were provided the visualizations with an extended (5-minute) training period. The results from the third group closely matched the results from the control group that used the spreadsheet-based method. Another major limitation is that both groups of participants implemented the changes by hand rather than through the use of a graphical user interface (GUI) software module, which is how the graphical method could be conducted in a real environment. Keywords: Graph visualization; configuration management; change management; user interfaces.