1st Edition

Supply Chain Management for Engineers

ISBN 9781466568921
Published June 11, 2013 by CRC Press
240 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations

USD $120.00

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Book Description

Originally taught mainly in business schools, supply chain management has become a common elective and graduate course in engineering colleges. The increasing demand for engineers with supply chain knowledge has fed this shift. However, supply chain management textbooks that have a reasonable coverage of quantitative analysis techniques are few and far between. Concise, straightforward, and easy-to-read, Supply Chain Management for Engineers uses practical problems to introduce key concepts and cultivate students’ problem-solving skills.

Helping students hone their analytical skills and develop the ability to solve real-world problems, the book:

  • Includes a simulation game for practicing supply chain management skills
  • Covers the use of practical software tools including Gurobi Optimizer and Microsoft EXCEL
  • Facilitates the use of problem-based learning (PBL) pedagogy
  • Provides a theoretical framework for supply chain design and supplier selection

Focusing on quantitative aspects, this book uses example problems to introduce key concepts and case studies to strengthen students’ analysis and synthesis skills. In addition to exercises, this book also provides several problems that are relatively complicated and can be used as mini projects that link theoretical concepts to practical problem solving. It also presents a simulation game where students can play the roles of suppliers, OEMs, and retailers within a supply chain environment to practice the skills they acquire. It also stresses the importance of integrating engineering optimization techniques with business strategic thinking. These features and more give students the supply chain knowledge and problem-solving skills increasingly required for engineers entering the work force.

Table of Contents

Designing and Engineering the Supply Chain for Competitive Advantage
Supply Chain Types
Supply Chain Design
Supply Chain Process Model
Supply Chain Drivers
Problem: Dr. Smart’s Supply Chain Strategy

Understanding Customer Demand: Forecasting
Time Series Forecasting
Error Analysis
Case Studies
Problem: Oriental Trading Company

Matching Supply with Demand: Aggregate Planning
Elements of Aggregate Planning
Aggregate Planning Strategies
Linear Programming Approach to Aggregate Planning
Case Studies
Problem: Plastic Bottle Inc

Satisfying Customer Demand: Inventory Management
Economic Order Quantity
Safety Inventory
Optimal Product Availability
Case Studies
Problem: Business Attire Store

Moving Products across Supply Chain: Distribution Network Design and Transportation Decision Making
Frameworks for Distribution Network Design and Transportation Decision Making
Distribution Network Design Models
Transportation Decision Making
Case Studies
Problem: Dragon Furniture Enterprise

Supplier Selection Methodology
Supplier Performance Measures
Supplier Selection Methods
Contracts to Increase Supply Chain Profitability
State of the Art in Supplier Selection

Supply Chain Simulation Game
Sales Contract and Aggregate Plan
Simulation and Profit Analysis
Notes for Using the Simulation Game

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"… written for engineering students and field engineers who are in charge of the execution and improvement of the logistic systems and supply chain management. This concise book covers all the essential practical technologies related to the optimization of the supply chain management. More importantly, the book is well organized with a number of real cases and a simulation game which can be the most attractive merits to readers and students."
—Qiang SU, School of Economics & Management, Tongji University, Yangpu District, Shanghai, China

"… prepared by an engineer for engineers. It presents in clear and concise prose the models, practices and recent developments in modern supply chain engineering. As an engineering Professor teaching supply chain for many years, I believe this book provides an excellent textbook for both upper level undergraduate and graduate students. With the case studies and practical examples, it also provides practitioners tools with illustrations to better manage their supply chain."
—Jianzhi (James ) Li, University of Texas – Pan American, Edinburg Texas, USA

"It could be used as support for courses delivered at undergraduate level, ….. the case studies are based on real companies and give an interesting perspective on how to implement the techniques and tools."
Production Planning & Control, April 2016