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Kellogg Operations Workshop 2006

Research overview on International Operations

Panos Kouvelis

Abstract

This talk will provide a selective overview of research of the last 10 years in the broadly defined field of international operations / global supply chains. We will explore in some detail the following three themes:

1. The Structure of Global Facility Networks
(Design and location of sourcing, production and distribution
facility networks for global markets).
2. Role of Operational Hedging in Managing Risks and
Disruptions in Global Supply Chains.
3. Global (Out) Sourcing Strategies.

We will also briefly outline how some of these research results, concepts, managerial issues and insights can find their way into the (E) MBA classroom as part of courses in International Operations/ Global Supply Chain Management.

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