Evaluating alternative industrial network organizations and information systems

Mittermayer, Herwig and Rodríguez Monroy, Carlos (2013). Evaluating alternative industrial network organizations and information systems. "Industrial Management & Data Systems", v. 113 (n. 1); pp. 77-95. ISSN 0263-5577.


Title: Evaluating alternative industrial network organizations and information systems
  • Mittermayer, Herwig
  • Rodríguez Monroy, Carlos
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Industrial Management & Data Systems
Date: January 2013
Volume: 113
Freetext Keywords: Supply chain management, Computer software, Simulation, Resource management, Discrete event simulation, Evaluation model, Coordination mechanisms, Supply chain management software, Enterprise resource planning system
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería de Organización, Administración de Empresas y Estadística
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a simulation‐based evaluation method for the comparison of different organizational forms and software support levels in the field of supply chain management (SCM). Design/methodology/approach – Apart from widely known logistic performance indicators, the discrete event simulation model considers explicitly coordination cost as stemming from iterative administration procedures. Findings - The method is applied to an exemplary supply chain configuration considering various parameter settings. Curiously, additional coordination cost does not always result in improved logistic performance. Influence factor variations lead to different organizational recommendations. The results confirm the high importance of (up to now) disregarded dimensions when evaluating SCM concepts and IT tools. Research limitations/implications – The model is based on simplified product and network structures. Future research shall include more complex, real world configurations. Practical implications – The developed method is designed for the identification of improvement potential when SCM software is employed. Coordination schemes based only on ERP systems are valid alternatives in industrial practice because significant investment IT can be avoided. Therefore, the evaluation of these coordination procedures, in particular the cost due to iterations, is of high managerial interest and the method provides a comprehensive tool for strategic IT decision making. Originality/value – Reviewed literature is mostly focused on the benefits of SCM software implementations. However, ERP system based supply chain coordination is still widespread industrial practice but associated coordination cost has not been addressed by researchers.

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Item ID: 29138
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/29138/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:29138
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 28 Apr 2015 15:03
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015 15:03
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