A decision framework for location selection in global supply chains

Viswanadham, N and Kameshwaran, S (2007) A decision framework for location selection in global supply chains. In: Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE CASE 2007, 22 - 25, September 2007, Scottsdale, AZ; United States.

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The supply chain decision problems are becoming more complex with the globalization of businesses that spatially span across several international borders. One such strategic decision problem is the location selection problem, which determines an optimal location to build a new facility. This requires multicriteria evaluation of N alternate locations with respect to M location attributes. In this paper we develop a generic framework that can aid the decision maker in identifying and grouping the M attributes into an hierarchy for location selection in global supply chains. An hierarchical structuring is proposed with four fundamental criteria: product/process value chain, economic & political integration, resources & management, and connecting technologies. These are integral to many global business activities and the generic sub-criteria for the above are identified. This aids the decision maker to identify and group the M location attributes as a multilevel hierarchical tree. This structuring facilitates the use of analytic hierarchy process to synthesize the information about the M attributes along with the decision maker's preferences, to evaluate the locations. We illustrate the applicability of the framework using a stylized example of locating a Biotech R&D center in Asia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Business and Management
Operations Management > Supply Chain Management
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 14:07
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2014 14:07
URI: https://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/204

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