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Panova, Y., Hilletofth, P., Panova, A. & Hongsheng, X. (2020). Application of the just-in-time approach to a third-generation port. Operations and Supply Chain Management, 13(3), 279-293
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Application of the just-in-time approach to a third-generation port
2020 (English)In: Operations and Supply Chain Management, ISSN 1979-3561, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 279-293Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the feasibility of different logistics concepts applicable in a third-generation port (first-and-foremost, just-in-time approach for a given case). In this regard, a simulation model imitating the work of a real third-generation port was developed. Four experiments with proposed logistics solutions have been configured and evaluated in the simulation model. They differed by the size and number of shipping consignments to the port, deployed truck fleet, etc. The research shows that effective material transfers from the plant to the port can be provided, if a ‘pulling’ type of logistics system is applied instead of the traditional ‘pushing’ system. This alternative allows goods to be delivered just-in-time with the minimum labour costs and material resources.

Keywords
logistics, port generations, just-in-time concept, simulation modeling, ‘pulling’ and ‘pushing’ systems
National Category
Economics and Business Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32168 (URN)10.31387/oscm0420269 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-04-18 Created: 2020-04-18 Last updated: 2020-04-20Bibliographically approved
Sansone, C., Hilletofth, P. & Eriksson, D. (2020). Critical Operations Capabilities for Competitive Manufacturing in a High-Cost Environment: A Multiple Case Study. Operations and Supply Chain Management, 13(1), 96-109
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Critical Operations Capabilities for Competitive Manufacturing in a High-Cost Environment: A Multiple Case Study
2020 (English)In: Operations and Supply Chain Management, ISSN 1979-3561, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 96-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is increased interest in relocation to and from high-cost environments, but there remains a lack of knowledge with regard to operations capabilities in this specific context. The purpose of this study is thus to investigate critical operations capabilities in a high-cost environment. The research process is based on the investigation of an existing framework of operations capabilities through a multiple case study including five Swedish manufacturing companies. The findings reveal that all the dimensions and capabilities included in the framework were considered critical, and additional operations capabilities could be identified: service quality, supplier dependability, supplier flexibility, supply chain innovation, supply chain sustainability. The investigation underlines the dynamic nature of operations capabilities, which need to be updated constantly according to the environment in which they are developed. This study contributes on a practical level to managers by creating an overview of operations capabilities in a high-cost environment. Through the investigation of critical operations capabilities, it is possible for managers to find new areas of competitiveness, as well as to understand their current areas of excellence. The study makes several contributions, such as the identification of operations capabilities, their investigation and validation in a specific environment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
OSCM, 2020
Keywords
capabilities, case study, high-cost environment, location decision, reshoring
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32061 (URN)10.31387/oscm0400255 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-03-23 Created: 2020-03-23 Last updated: 2020-05-08Bibliographically approved
de Freitas, M. R., Lopes Pimenta, M., Hilletofth, P., Jugend, D. & Oprime, P. C. (2020). Demand management: the role of cross-functional integration in a context of political turbulence. Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 32(3), 817-839
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Demand management: the role of cross-functional integration in a context of political turbulence
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2020 (English)In: Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, ISSN 1355-5855, E-ISSN 1758-4248, Vol. 32, no 3, p. 817-839Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate how cross-functional integration supports the execution of the demand-side processes and its effects on both the demand and supply-side processes.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study was conducted including a Brazilian multinational manufacturer in the automobile industry and some of its suppliers and dealers. 17 interviews were conducted. A theoretical framework is proposed containing five basic elements, they are: characteristics of the demand/supply processes; involved functions; integration factors; context influencers and impacts of integration on demand and supply processes.

Findings

The findings present three demand-side processes (Product Launch, Marketing and Sales and Demand Planning) that demonstrated a greater need for cross-functional integration in the studied case, mainly through informal integration factors.

Research limitations/implications

The empirical results of this study have methodological limitations due to the use of the case study method. Future research should analyze the effects of other context influencers (e.g. natural catastrophes, civil wars and low level of unemployment) on cross-functional integration.

Practical implications

The results highlight that joint planning, willingness to work together, team spirit, adequate communication and cross-functional meetings helped the studied organizations to achieve competitive advantages and improve their performance.

Originality/value

This study provides a theoretical framework that helped to improve the understanding of the interrelationships between demand management constructs and cross-functional integration factors. There are indications that a political–economic crisis has stimulated the existence of a willingness to work together and group spirit among employees who remain in the organization after mass dismissals. This climate of cooperation helped to increase the agility and resilience of the studied supply chain, which is currently affected by a changing market.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2020
Keywords
cross-functional integration; demand management; automobile industry
National Category
Economics and Business Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32167 (URN)10.1108/APJML-11-2018-0473 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-04-18 Created: 2020-04-18 Last updated: 2020-04-20Bibliographically approved
Poberschnigg, T., Pimenta, M. & Hilletofth, P. (2020). How can cross functional integration support the development of resilience capabilities? The case of collaboration in the automotive industry. Supply chain management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How can cross functional integration support the development of resilience capabilities? The case of collaboration in the automotive industry
2020 (English)In: Supply chain management, ISSN 1359-8546, E-ISSN 1758-6852Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
National Category
Economics and Business Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32266 (URN)
Available from: 2020-05-04 Created: 2020-05-04 Last updated: 2020-05-05Bibliographically approved
Pimenta, M., Bertan, F., Jugend, D. & Hilletofth, P. (2020). Integração interfuncional no contexto de desenvolvimento de produtos: revisão da literatura e agenda de pesquisa. Exacta, 18(2), 438-458
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integração interfuncional no contexto de desenvolvimento de produtos: revisão da literatura e agenda de pesquisa
2020 (Portuguese)In: Exacta, E-ISSN 1983-9308, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 438-458Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Economics and Business Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32169 (URN)10.5585/ExactaEP.v17n4.10493 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-04-18 Created: 2020-04-18 Last updated: 2020-04-20Bibliographically approved
Kantari, L. A., Pujawan, I. N., Arvitrida, N. I. & Hilletofth, P. (2020). Investigating the mix of contract-based and on-demand sourcing for transportation services under fluctuate and seasonal demand. International Journal of Logistics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Investigating the mix of contract-based and on-demand sourcing for transportation services under fluctuate and seasonal demand
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Logistics, ISSN 1367-5567, E-ISSN 1469-848XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses the issue of transportation services sourcing using the mix of contract-based and on-demand sourcing. The model considers when the demand is fluctuating following a seasonal pattern. The discrete-event simulation has been used to identify the appropriate mix and the effect of the demand fluctuation measured by three performance indicators: product fill rate, shipment reliability, and truck utilisation. A set of experiments have been conducted to demonstrate the effect of various factors on the performance of transportation sourcing. The experiments show that more on-demand sourcing improves the product fill rate but worsens the shipment reliability and the truck utilisation. The results also show that the performance indicators are worsening as the demand becomes more fluctuated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2020
Keywords
Transportation services, sourcing, contract, on-demand, demand fluctuation
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32259 (URN)10.1080/13675567.2020.1751807 (DOI)000527622800001 ()2-s2.0-85083712256 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-05-04 Created: 2020-05-04 Last updated: 2020-05-07Bibliographically approved
Pardillo Baez, Y., Sequeira, M. & Hilletofth, P. (2020). Local and organic food distribution systems: towards a future agenda. Operations and Supply Chain Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Local and organic food distribution systems: towards a future agenda
2020 (English)In: Operations and Supply Chain Management, ISSN 1979-3561Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

There has been an increasing consumer demand for local and organic food as they are considered to be more sustainable, ecological and healthier. The ‘conventional’ long food distribution system is not sufficient to fulfill the current needs. Consequently, short distribution systems for local and organic food have been gaining popularity, that is not only sustainable but also contributes to food security and satisfies local consumer demand. One such short distribution systems are alternative food networks (AFNs). The AFNs have emerged as a promising provisioning system for local and organic food that promotes economical, environmental and social sustainability and respect for farming tradition. However, the AFNs are facing challenges in increasing the distribution of local and organic food in the long term. The purpose of the paper is to make a review of the existing short food distribution systems for local and organic food and propose a research agenda. In order to achieve this, a literature review is conducted and different food distribution channels within AFNs are studied. The challenges for each food distribution channel are identified and then compared to ‘conventional’ distribution systems. The main finding of the study is a framework of main challenges of short food distribution channels within AFNs. The practical implication is generic criteria to consider while designing a short food distribution system that closely connects consumers and farmers of local and organic food. The policy implication is to create favorable conditions to encourage short food distribution systems in the long term.

National Category
Economics and Business Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32263 (URN)
Available from: 2020-05-04 Created: 2020-05-04 Last updated: 2020-05-05Bibliographically approved
Albertzeth, G., Pujawan, I. N., Hilletofth, P. & Tjahjono, B. (2020). Mitigating transportation disruptions in a supply chain: a cost-effective strategy. International Journal of Logistics, 23(2), 139-158
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mitigating transportation disruptions in a supply chain: a cost-effective strategy
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Logistics, ISSN 1367-5567, E-ISSN 1469-848X, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 139-158Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transportation disruptions can be damaging to a supply chain because goods may not arrive on time and this jeopardises the service level to the customers. While supply chain disruptions have gained significant attention from scholars, little has been done to explore these disruptions in the context of transportation. The study described in this paper aims to address disruptions occurring in the transportation of goods from a plant to a distribution centre. We modelled this real case to obtain insights on the effectiveness of different strategies to mitigate transportation disruptions. We evaluated four mitigation strategies and compared the outcomes in terms of service level and total costs: (1) the risk acceptance strategy, (2) the redundant stock strategy, (3) the flexible route strategy, and (4) the redundant-flexibility strategy. The results suggest that the best strategy differs depending on the budget that managers are willing to deploy to improve the service level. The simulation experiments and the use of the Incremental Cost Effectiveness Ratio (ICER) would be instrumental in helping decision makers in selecting the best disruption mitigation strategies where the best option would likely be different under varying circumstances. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2020
Keywords
cost-effectiveness analysis, flexible route, mitigation strategy, redundant stock, simulation modelling, Transportation disruptions
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies Economics and Business
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30577 (URN)10.1080/13675567.2019.1648640 (DOI)000479801800001 ()2-s2.0-85070313071 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding agency:

- Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Republic of Indonesia Grant no. 954/PKS/ITS/2018- Coventry University  - Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS)  - Jönköping University 

Available from: 2019-08-29 Created: 2019-08-29 Last updated: 2020-04-20Bibliographically approved
Tezel, A., Papadonikolaki, E., Yitmen, I. & Hilletofth, P. (2020). Preparing construction supply chains for blockchain technology: An investigation of its potential and future directions. Frontiers of Engineering Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Preparing construction supply chains for blockchain technology: An investigation of its potential and future directions
2020 (English)In: Frontiers of Engineering Management, ISSN 2095-7513Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Blockchain, a peer-to-peer, controlled, distributed database structure, has the potential to profoundly affect current business transactions in the construction industry through smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, and reliable asset tracking. The construction industry is often criticized for being slow in embracing emerging technologies and not effectively diffusing them through its supply chains. Often, the extensive fragmentation, traditional procurement structures, destructive competition, lack of collaboration and transparency, low-profit margins, and human resources are shown as the main culprits for this. As blockchain technology makes its presence felt strongly in many other industries like finance and banking, this study investigates the preparation of construction supply chains for blockchain technology through an explorative analysis. Empirical data for the study were collected through semi-structured interviews with 17 subject experts. Alongside presenting a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis (SWOT), the study exhibits the requirements for and steps toward a construction supply structure facilitated by blockchain technology

Keywords
blockchain, smart contract, supply chain management, project management, construction
National Category
Economics and Business Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32265 (URN)10.1007/s42524-020-0110-8 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-05-04 Created: 2020-05-04 Last updated: 2020-05-05Bibliographically approved
Lee, T.-R., Sinnarong, N., Hsu, Y.-H., Lan, H.-Y., Yeh, C.-H. & Hilletofth, P. (2020). The sequence of strategies when establishing Taiwanese restaurant in Thailand. European Business Review
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2020 (English)In: European Business Review, ISSN 0955-534X, E-ISSN 1758-7107Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the problem faced by many Taiwanese restaurant owners who trying to set up their shops in Thailand.

Design/methodology/approach

Two surveys were conducted in this study. The first interview questionnaire was designed using the factors proposed by Parasuraman et al. (1988, 1991) and given to restaurant owners/managers who successfully set up shops in Thailand. The second questionnaire was constructed specifically for Thai consumers.

Findings

Gray relational analysis (GRA), theory of inventive problem-solving (teoriya resheniya izobreatatelskikh zadatch, TRIZ) and interpretive structural model (ISM) were used to identify potential difficulties and to determine the key factors impacting the shop establishment and development in Thailand. The results provide a set of strategic sequence when launching restaurant in Thailand.

Originality/value

A result of GRA determined 14 important factors that influence customer perception of quality service. A TRIZ analytic process provided 17 strategies when setting up overseas shop and the ISM class diagram shown the three phases needed to be considered before restaurant owners can set up shops abroad. The three phases are construction, operation and competition phases. These set of strategies sequence when launching a restaurant in Thailand.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2020
Keywords
Taiwanese, restaurant, GRA, TRIZ, ISM, Thailand
National Category
Economics and Business Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Intelligent Industry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32264 (URN)10.1108/EBR-03-2017-0050 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-05-04 Created: 2020-05-04 Last updated: 2020-05-05Bibliographically approved
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