Investigation of influence of modeling fidelities on supply chain dynamics

Jayendran Venkateswaran, Young Jun Son, Boonserm Kulvatunyou

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In this paper, a three-echelon supply chain model is analyzed to determine strategies to reduce the supply chain system dynamics. Uniqueness of this research stems from the use of multiple models with varying degrees of detail representing the same supply chain. The significance of a detailed supply chain model on the quality of result is made clear. Factors employed to build an abstract to a detailed model include: transportation and production delay, demand at the retailer, and production and transportation capacity. It is shown that the system dynamics itself varies with increasing detail in the model. In addition, it is examined to see if a strategy found effective in improving the system dynamics with an abstract model is effective with a detailed model. It is established that the strategy found to be the most effective on an abstract model is not always the best strategy for the real supply chain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1183-1191
Number of pages9
JournalWinter Simulation Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2002
EventProceedings of the 2002 Winter Simulation Conference - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Dec 8 2002Dec 11 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Chemical Health and Safety
  • Applied Mathematics


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