Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies, and Case Studies

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McGraw Hill Professional, 2003 - Business logistics - 354 pages
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Supply chain management, both in industry and in academia, has grown rapidly over the past several years mainly due to an increase in corporate goals of reducing manufacturing costs and the savings that come from planning and managing the supply chain effectively. Most textbooks do not include models and decision support systems robust enough for industry. Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies, and Cases, 2/e by Simchi-Levy, Kaminsky and Simchi-Levi discusses the problems, models and concepts derived from issues related to effective supply chain management. This text is suitable for both academic study and practicing professionals. While many core supply chain management issues are interrelated, the authors have tried to make each chapter as self-contained as possible so that the reader can refer directly to chapters covering topics of interest. Each chapter utilizes case studies and numerous examples. Mathematical and technical sections can be skipped without loss of continuity. The accompanying CD-ROM also provides two simulations, the Computerized Beer Game and the Risk Pool Game and a computerized tool, new to this edition, for developing and executing supply chain contracts. These packages help illustrate many of the concepts discussed.

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Devid Simchi-Levi is a professor of engineering systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Phil Kaminsky is Asst. Professor at University of California, and Edith Mimchi-Levi is co-founder and VP of LogicTools Inc, a supply chain planning Software Company. (LogicTools was acquired by ILOG, which was acquired by IBM ultimately.)
This is a very comprehensive book from the authors. In fact I have myself worked on some strategic tools from the pack and could relate with the theory or logic part of the same, as described in the pages of this book. The topics covered in this book are as follows:
Introduction to SCM, logistics network configuration, inventory management and risk pooling, value of information, supply chain integration, strategic alliances, procurement and outsourcing strategies, international issues on SCM, coordinated product and supply chain design, customer value and SCM, information technology for SCM, decision support systems for SCM.
All chapters start with case studies, and the book even have many computerized games, like a beer game, a risk pool game, and an inventory spreadsheet.
A very good book which I wish I had laid my hands on during my MBA. Recommended for all supply chain practitioners, managers and students of this stream.
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David Simchi-Levi, Ph.D. is a professor at MIT and cofounder and chairman of Logic Tools, Inc.

Philip Kaminsky, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

Edith Simchi-Levi is cofounder of Logic Tools and is vice president of operations.

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