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The lot sizing problem: A tertiary study

Glock, C.H., Grosse, E.H. & Ries, J.M. (2014). The lot sizing problem: A tertiary study. International Journal of Production Economics, 155, pp. 39-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2013.12.009


This paper provides a survey of literature reviews in the area of lot sizing. Its intention is to show which streams of research emerged from Harris' seminal lot size model, and which major achievements have been accomplished in the respective areas. We first develop the methodology of this review and then descriptively analyze the sample. Subsequently, a content-related classification scheme for lot sizing models is developed, and the reviews contained in our sample are discussed in light of this classification scheme. Our analysis shows that various extensions of Harris' lot size model were developed over the years, such as lot sizing models that include multi-stage inventory systems, incentives, or productivity issues. The aims of our tertiary study are the following: firstly, it helps primary researchers to position their own work in the literature, to reproduce the development of different types of lot sizing problems, and to find starting points if they intend to work in a new research direction. Secondly, the study identifies several topics that offer opportunities for future secondary research.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Systematic literature review; Tertiary study; Lot sizing; Lot size; Economic order quantity; Economic production quantity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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