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Mitigating product shortages due to disruptions in multi-stage supply chains

Lucker, F. ORCID: 0000-0003-4930-9773, Chopra, S. and Seifert, R. W. (2020). Mitigating product shortages due to disruptions in multi-stage supply chains. Production and Operations Management,

Abstract

We focus on the optimal use of risk mitigation inventory (RMI) and reserve capacity to manage disruption risk in serial multi-stage supply chains where product transformation occurs at each stage. We find that under reasonable conditions it is better to hold more RMI downstream than upstream even when the upstream holding costs are lower. We also find that it is often optimal to hold more reserve capacity downstream than upstream. While in one-stage supply chains RMI and reserve capacity always behave as substitutes, it turns out that in multi-stage serial supply chains the interplay between RMI and reserve capacity is more nuanced. We find that echelon RMI and reserve capacity at each stage are substitutes. In contrast, RMI at a stage complements reserve capacity at the adjacent downstream stage.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Lucker, Florian , Chopra, Sunil and Seifert, Ralf W (2020). Mitigating product shortages due to disruptions in multi-stage supply chains. Production and Operations Management, which is to be published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1937-5956. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Publisher Keywords: Disruption risk management, inventory, reserve capacity, serial supply chain
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Business School > Management
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2020 11:41
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/25072
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