With an emphasis on modeling techniques, Jeremy Shapiro's MODELING THE SUPPLY CHAIN is the perfect tool for courses in supply chain management or for professional managers who seek better analytical tools for managing their supply chains, information technologists who are responsible for developing and/or maintaining such tools, and consultants who conduct supply chain studies using models. Shapiro examines in detail the roles of data, models, and modeling systems in helping companies improve the management of their supply chains. The focus is on optimization models based on linear and mixed integer programming. The complementary role played by descriptive models in developing data inputs for optimization models is thoroughly reviewed. Using numerous applications, Shapiro clearly illustrates that when properly implemented, these methodologies can create accurate and comprehensive models of great practical value. The book also shows how competitive advantage in supply chain management can be most fully realized by developing and applying optimization modeling systems.
With an emphasis on data, models, and modeling systems, this text teaches professionals and students how to analyze supply chain planning problems. It overviews IT developments related to improving supply chain performance, introduces fundamentals of optimization modeling, explains design principles for supply chain network optimization systems, and presents a methodology for scheduling problems that combines optimization methods with heuristics. It also offers examples of modeling applications to strategic, tactical, and operational supply chain planning problems. The author is affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)