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Kellogg Operations Workshop 2006

"Supply Chain Tactical Planning and OM Research"

Steve Graves

Abstract

Tactical decision making for supply chains has been a successful application domain for OM research. This talk will provide a high-level overview of tactical planning for supply chains, with a particular emphasis on the tactics for addressing uncertainty. We will offer some observations on how current planning systems handle supply chain uncertainty, where OM research has had some value and impact, and where there are opportunities for additional research. We will share some general lessons and caveats from our experiences with applied research in this domain. We conclude with some research needs for developing decision support to improve supply chain planning and design.

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