Manufacturing and Supply Chain Systems

 Manufacturing and Supply Chain Systems Department focuses on publishing high quality papers that significantly contribute to the effective design and management of procurement, manufacturing, and distribution processes in a supply chain. The areas considered include traditional issues facing production processes such as, aggregate production planning, inventory management, materials management, forecasting, scheduling, quality management, product design, facility location to broader supply chain issues such as, supply management, supply chain strategy, buyer-supplier relationships, supply chain network design, and distribution and logistics management. A variety of methodologies are encouraged, including analytical modeling approaches, survey based methods, economics and behavioral methods, and case studies. Both methodological rigor and contribution to theory and practice are key attributes for papers published by this department.

Sample Topics include:

  • Production planning
  • Demand management and forecasting
  • Scheduling
  • Inventory management and control
  • Total quality management
  • Capacity planning
  • Lean manufacturing and just-in-time systems
  • Process control
  • Advanced manufacturing technologies and practices
  • Operations strategy
  • Supply management
  • Risk management in supply chains
  • Supply chain design
  • Logistics and distribution management
  • Supply chain contracts and incentives
  • Buyer-supplier relationships
  • Shop floor control
  • Facility location
  • Facility Layout
  • Product design and development
  • Global supply chain operations
  • Manufacturing strategy, flexibility, and time-based manufacturing management
  • Manufacturing technology adoption and implementation processes
  • Capital investment strategies, performance measurement, and cost accounting
  • Technology development through the supply chain
  • New product and manufacturing process innovation

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