Application of Dynamic Analysis in a Centralised Supply Chain

Mu Niu, Petia Sice, Ian French, Erik Mosekilde

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This chapter presents dynamic analysis of a model of a centralised supply chain. The research was conducted within the manufacturing sector and involved the breathing equipment manufacturer Draeger Safety, UK A simplified model of the Draeger Safety, UK centralised supply chain is developed and validated. Simulation and analysis are performed using System Dynamics, control theory, nonlinear dynamic and chaos theory. The findings suggest that destructive oscillations of inventory could be generated by internal decision making practices. Bifurcation diagram is plotted to indicate the bifurcation status of the model with different internal decision policies. A management microworlds is developed for managers to experiment with different decision scenarios and learn how the supply chain performs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSupply chain optimization, management and integration : emerging applications
EditorsJohn Wang
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages418
ISBN (Print)978-1609601355
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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