Exploring the Behaviour of a Centralised Supply Chain at Draeger Safety UK

Exploring the Behaviour of a Centralised Supply Chain at Draeger Safety UK

Mu Niu (Northumbria University, UK), Petia Sice (Northumbria University, UK), Ian French (University of Teesside, UK) and Erik Mosekilde (The Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
DOI: 10.4018/jisscm.2009010103
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Abstract

This article presents analysis of the behaviour 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 has been developed and validated. Simulation and analysis have been performed using System Dynamics, non-linear dynamics and control theory. The findings suggest that destructive oscillations of inventory could be generated by internal decision making practices. A management microworld has been developed allowing managers to experiment with different decision policies and learn how the supply chain performs.

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