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Optimizing Supply Chain Performance takes industrial case studies from SMEs in China to examine the importance of information sharing and coordinated management as essential mechanisms to improve supply chain performance.

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Frontmatter

1. Introduction

This chapter presents the background and motivation for this study, followed by its aim and specific research objectives. The research methodology is briefly discussed, and the organisation and structure for the book are outlined.
Michael Roe, Wei Xu, Dongping Song

2. Literature Review

This chapter reviews the studies related to SCM, SCP, uncertainties in SC, SC mapping and integration, information sharing strategies, coordinated management strategies, optimisation, and the current status of SCM in China. Based on these reviews, the research gap is identified.
Michael Roe, Wei Xu, Dongping Song

3. A Methodology for the Exploration of Supply Chain Management

This chapter discusses research methods. The multiple case study method is reviewed and is followed by an assessment of the appropriateness of a case study approach. The data collection methods in general and the rationale for using interview and observation in this study to collect primary data are addressed. Archived data are outlined and the issues of reliability and validity are considered. Finally, simulation and simulation-based optimisation methods are introduced.
Michael Roe, Wei Xu, Dongping Song

4. The Case Company Supply Chains

In this chapter, the background to the two case companies and the reasons for their choice are explained. The details of data collection from both companies are described, and the case companies’ SCs are mapped and compared. Finally, the SCM issues in the case companies are identified.
Michael Roe, Wei Xu, Dongping Song

5. A Generalised Domestic and International Supply Chain Model

In this chapter, based upon two case studies, a generalised model will be developed including both the DSC and ISC, and then the multiple uncertainties will be categorised and explained. Finally the SCP will be presented in the DSC and ISC.
Michael Roe, Wei Xu, Dongping Song

6. Mathematical Modelling for the Supply Chain System

In this chapter, the DSC and ISC will be represented by mathematical modelling, with the uncertainties noted in Chapter 5. There are four sub-models including a customer order model, a production model, a raw material ordering and transportation model and a finished goods satisfying customer demand and transportation model.
Michael Roe, Wei Xu, Dongping Song

7. Single Objective and Multiple Objective Genetic Algorithms

In this chapter, a simulation program representing the generalised SC model and flows outlined in Chapters 5 and 6 is developed. The simulation program will be used as a tool to evaluate SCP under given strategies. A SOGA and a MOGA program will be developed to tackle the optimisation problem, which will be used to optimise the parameterised management strategies in later chapters.
Michael Roe, Wei Xu, Dongping Song

8. The Impact of Information Sharing

This chapter will define the concepts of information sharing and coordinated management used throughout this research. A range of simulation experiments is undertaken to evaluate non-parameterised operational strategies to investigate the impact of information sharing on SCP.
Michael Roe, Wei Xu, Dongping Song

9. Evaluating the Single Objective Genetic Algorithm

In this chapter, the SC total cost will be optimised and discussed by using a SOGA tool under parameterised operational strategies. As a result, the impact of the coordinated management mechanism on SCP can be investigated.
Michael Roe, Wei Xu, Dongping Song

10. Evaluating the Multiple Objective Genetic Algorithm

This chapter investigates the SCP under coordinated management, which is achieved through the MOGA program. The experimental scenarios will be introduced and then the results will be discussed.
Michael Roe, Wei Xu, Dongping Song

11. Conclusions

This final chapter will highlight the main issues that have been analysed, point out the limitations of the research and suggest further work that would be useful.
Michael Roe, Wei Xu, Dongping Song

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