Vincent A. Mabert

Vincent A. Mabert
Indiana University Bloomington | IUB · Department of Operations and Decisions Technologies

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August 1979 - May 2008
Indiana University Bloomington
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Publications (94)
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While online reverse auctions (ORAs) have become a popular tool to conduct business-to-business procurement, academic research and practical guidance are still limited in delineating salient differences to offline procurement, specifically as these pertain to the corporate buyer's goal orientation and preparation process preceding the negotiations....
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While online reverse auctions (ORAs) have become a popular tool to conduct business-to-business procurement, academic research and practical guidance are still limited in delineating salient differences to offline procurement, specifically as these pertain to the corporate buyer's goal orientation and preparation process preceding the negotiations....
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Purchasing and supply management (PSM) are crucial for the effective and efficient operation of manufacturing firms, now more than ever. The PSM function has evolved from being routine and mechanical to a function that can deliver true competitive advantage. The trend toward increased globalisation and outsourcing, along with a focus on innovation-...
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This research explores procurement strategies for multi-item requests for quotation (RFQs) in business-to-business (B2B) markets using responses from 825 purchasing professionals. The study first establishes procurement strategies that differ based on their level of strategic emphasis, i.e., the importance that is placed on the pursuit of four stra...
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Purchasing professionals in today's business-to-business (B2B) markets can choose between conducting bid solicitations and negotiations using an online or an offline process. One dominant type of online procurement has been the online reverse auction, which has received both praise and criticism. However, the choice between an online reverse auctio...
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This paper illustrates the use of secondary data for operations and supply chain management research by investigating the association between efficient supply chain management and innovation of firms. An empirical inquiry is conducted using archival financial statement information and patent citation data for firms in the manufacturing sector, over...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a better understanding about drivers of enterprise systems complexity (ESC), as well as its multi‐faceted conceptualization. Design/methodology/approach – Case studies were conducted among German Mittelstand companies by an international research team. A grounded theory approach was followed, with...
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Although the research on integrated enterprise systems (ES) is proliferating, the knowledge base about ES implementations, usage and experiences outside the United States is still small. This is also true for Germany, despite the crucial importance of ES in the country, and the potential uniqueness of its ES environment. Most ES research to date ha...
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In service organizations, heterogeneity in workforce skills can lead to variation in end-product/service quality. The multi-mode, resource-constrained, project scheduling problem (MRCPSP), which assumes similar skills among resources in a given resource pool, accounts for differences in quality levels of individuals by assigning different activity...
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Service managers often find that available worker capacity does not match with actual demand during a given day. They then must attempt to modify the planned work schedule to improve service and increase profitability. This study, which defines such a setting as the real-time work schedule adjustment decision, proposes mathematical formulations of...
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Although the research on integrated enterprise systems (ES) is proliferating, the knowledge base about ES implementations, usage and experiences outside the United States is still small. This is also true for Germany, despite the crucial importance of ES in the country, and the potential uniqueness of its ES environment. Most ES research to date ha...
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Purpose – While past IT investment research has looked at a number of important factors, one issue that needs to be resolved in supply chain IT is the ability of different types of software to improve a firm's productivity or sales. Specifically, the purpose of this paper is to investigate which factors influence the number and types of supply chai...
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In industrial purchasing a request for quotation (RFQ) can consist of a single item, but is most often composed of two or more products and/or services bundled together. While such bundles are used in offline purchase negotiations, their criticality is heightened in online auctions due to their usual short duration and constrained bidding environme...
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In 1990s, with dramatic price reductions, reverse e-auctions were projected to be a widely used procurement tool. However, not all buyers saw the economic benefits of reverse e-auctions and the current usage is more limited than expected. This study identifies important organizational characteristics that determine the net return of e-auction progr...
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This paper presents a comparison of two heuristic methods for assigning a part-time work force to meet varying daily work loads. The authors use actual operating data from Purdue National Bank, Lafayette, Indiana, to make teller staffing decisions. The performance criteria for comparison of the two heuristics is the minimum number of workers employ...
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The inability to identify all causal variables in a linear regression demand model may result in serial correlation which is generally considered undesirable; but it may be possible to take advantage of such an event. This case study, based upon Chemical Bank of New York, investigates the use of simple and exponential smoothing for modifying initia...
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This study focuses on the manpower tour scheduling problem using data from a lockbox system of a commercial bank. The lockbox system uses employees who differ in productivity, hourly cost, number of available working hours per week, and days-off constraints. These specific problem characteristics require a more general problem formulation and solut...
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Controlling the flow of material on the shop floor involves releasing and dispatching jobs to meet customer due-date requirements while attempting to keep operating costs low. This report presents an evaluation of five releasing mechanisms and four dispatching rules under various levels of aggregate due-date tightness, shop cost structure, and mach...
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This paper presents a comparison of statistical techniques versus a sales force-executive opinion approach to forecasting single item demand over a five year period for a single company. Three statistical techniques are used: Winter's three parameter exponential smoothing model, Brown's harmonic model, and Box-Jenkins methodology. These techniques...
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Supply chain management is a central and important area for academic research due to its impact on firms competing in today's global economy. Managing the flow of materials from supply sources to the ultimate customer represents a major challenge for today's managers. To assist managers, the concept of supply chain management has been adopted by ma...
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This study revisits the traditional single stage, multi-item, capacitated lot-sizing problem (CLSP) with a new integrative focus on problem structuring. Unlike past research, we develop integrative cycle scheduling approaches which simultaneously address lot-sizing, capacity, and sequencing issues. Our purposes are to (1) explore the effect of sequ...
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Batch manufacturing firms are experiencing significant changes because of technological developments in work center design, such as flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) and planning/control tools like computer-aided process planning (CAPP). These new developments provide production managers with some solutions to a number of complex problems. For e...
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Many American firms are implementing just-in-time production in order to minimize inventories, reduce flow time, and maximize resource utilization. These firms recognize that, in the short run, setup costs really are fixed expenses and it is available capacity which is the critical factor in determining production-run quantities. We propose using a...
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This paper examines the use of sampling procedures as a solution methodology for large combinatorial problems. Three sampling strategies are investigated: random sampling (each alternative is equally likely), biased sampling (alternatives' probabilities are biased by specified criteria), and improvement sampling (alternatives' probabilities are dyn...
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Material requirements planning (MRP) systems became a prominent approach to managing the flow of raw material and components on the factory floor in the late 20th century. Its adoption was not an over night phenomenon, but was a slow progression over many decades. This article chronicles many developments and events during the formative years of MR...
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Business-to-Business (B2B) online reverse auctions have become a popular way to source products and services. However, due to their relative newness and conflicting reports, several myths and misconceptions about them still exist. This article investigates the truth behind five of the most common myths associated with reverse auctions and, based on...
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The dynamic business environment today requires organizations to effectively use all available resources to remain competitive. The quality and cost of a product or service offered in the market is a function, not only of the capabilities of the firm, but also the supplier network providing inputs to the enterprise. To remain competitive, organizat...
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Many requests for quotation (RFQs) consist of a group of different stock-keeping units (SKUs), bundled together in a single order lot. How this lot is structured and whether suppliers are required to adhere strictly to its composition (i.e., quote on all items in the bundle versus a subset) may significantly impact the competitiveness of the biddin...
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This chapter provides insights into bundling practices for online reverse auctions by exploring approaches and reporting experiences of 252 companies in the U.S. manufacturing industry. Within the context of Parente, Venkataraman, Fizel, and Millet's (2004) conceptual framework for the analysis of online auctions, aspects of the "Product Characteri...
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The selection of the appropriate analysis tools for survey data is an important decision for all researchers dealing with responses on questionnaires. Over the last two decades a number of approaches have been used for classifying variables, statistically measuring significance and developing predictions of outcomes. This paper compares and evaluat...
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Reverse e-auctions, which enable suppliers to compete on-line in real-time, are changing the way organizations select their suppliers. We explore how five large firms in different industries learned to use e-auctions, and how e-auctions were integrated into their purchasing processes. To successfully implement e-auctions, organizations should: (1)...
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This study provides an overview of the current state of practice in bundling multiple items together for B2B procurement auctions. On the basis of insight obtained from 30 case study firms and an exploratory survey, the paper presents conditions, uses and contents of bundles and discusses the benefits and challenges of bundling. Successful approach...
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Service capacity management has been extensively studied and successfully applied in many industries, with an emphasis on tour/shift scheduling and assignment decisions. However, few studies have addressed real-time work schedule adjustment decisions made necessary by demand uncertainty and/or labor supply disruption. This case study deals with the...
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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have experienced a phenomenal growth in the last 5 years and at present they are pervasive in the US manufacturing sector. This paper describes an attempt to chronicle this phenomenon through a series of case studies and an extensive survey. Manufacturing companies ranging in size from a few million dollar...
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Over the past few years, thousands of companies around the world have implemented enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Implementing an ERP system is generally a formidable challenge, with a typical ERP implementation taking anywhere from one to five years. The story of the success of ERP systems in achieving the stated objectives is mixed. S...
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In a dynamic global economy, effectively managing the procurement process to help cut costs is critical to long-term success. Many firms have recently adopted Net-based reverse auction tools and techniques for purchasing materials and services from their suppliers. Reaction has been mixed, including both spectacular statements of success and concer...
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According to the advocates of a "Generalized Darwinism" (GD), the three core Darwinian principles of variation, selection and retention (or inheritance) can be used as a general framework for the development of theories explaining evolutionary processes in the socio­economic domain. Even though these are originally biological terms, GD argues that...
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This article reports on a recently completed study of enterprise resource planning (ERP) system implementations. The study measured the attainment of business and project budget goals to determine success and value. A questionnaire focusing on ERP system implementation and performance was sent to U.S.-based manufacturing firms that had implemented...
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Although order and labor dispatching in the job shop manufacturing setting have been investigated extensively over the last three decades, its representation of actual processes found in practice today is limited due to the move to cellular manufacturing (CM). Manufacturing cells have become an important approach to batch manufacturing in the last...
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This study examines previously unexplored issues regarding the performance of integrative cycle scheduling ((ICS), i.e., lot sizing and sequencing) in a multi-item, capacitated, repetitive manufacturing environment with discrete shipping and dynamic demands. Through an extensive experimental study, we provide a more complete understanding and manag...
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Once hailed as the salvation of U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, concurrent engineering (CE) offers the potential for faster development of higher quality, more producible products. Unlike traditional, serial approaches to new product development (NPD), CE emphasizes cross-functional integration and concurrent development of a product and its as...
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This study investigates the effect of integrating lot sizing and lot sequencing decisions for a capacitated production system with a discrete shipping schedule. We compare integrative cycle scheduling heuristics, which explicitly consider both decisions, with traditional separate approaches. Experiments are conducted for both zero and positive setu...
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Describes an integrative microcomputer-based exercise, ITEC, used in teaching manufacturing strategy and manufacturing planning and control courses. The exercise allows students the opportunity to gain actual experience in making strategic decisions in manufacturing and in managing the flow of materials in complex operations. It gives students expe...
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Today's customers are sophisticated. They demand product variety, functionality and performance. To survive in this arena, successful companies in a global economy must rapidly introduce new products (new product lines or improvements to existing lines) by collapsing their product development times. Vincent Mabert, John Muth and Roger Schmenner rep...
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Today's customers are sophisticated. They demand product variety, functionality and performance. To survive in this arena, successful companies in a global economy must rapidly introduce new products (new product lines or improvements to existing lines) by collapsing their product development times. Vincent Mabert, John Muth and Roger Schmenner rep...
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Cyclical scheduling, where the time between production periods for each item is constant, offers simplicity and ease of control compared with noncyclical scheduling, where production periods are irregularly spaced. However, when demands are dynamic, flexibility in the spacing of production periods permits noncyclical scheduling to result in lower t...
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In the last twenty years we have seen a significant increase in interest by practicing managers and academic researchers in the labor/staff scheduling decision. In particular, service firm managers have focused their attention on improving the productivity of their labor intensive operations by an increased use of part-time personnel. These actions...
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This paper reports on the development and successful implementation of a decision support system (DSS) for analyzing service parts inventory retention stocks. The DSS was implemented in a Fortune 100 company with an initial $50,000,000 investment in service parts inventory. During the last two years of use, approximately $13,000,000 of service part...
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The timely collection and transportation of checks from branches to the operations center is a primary concern to bank managers. Transit checks need to be cleared quickly to maximize available funds to the bank's cash managers. However, management must not over-commit resources, such as drivers and vehicles, to improve the movement of checks from b...
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With the increasing emphasis on improving service sector staff scheduling, many organisations have turned to employing part-time staff in greater numbers. Operating managers need to schedule this staff in an efficient manner to cover the highly variable demand that is commonly present. This study demonstrates a number of important factors that infl...
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This study presents a number of important results for managers interested in scheduling projects and setting due dates. First, using more information concerning the current work in progress, available resources, and activity precedent relationships provides a better due date estimate for a new project. Second, a finite scheduling procedure (called...
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The approach used in this study accounts for variations of part requirements, setup times, part costs, process times, and available capacity, and supports just-in-time (JIT) concepts. The joint production batch size procedure is illustrated using data from the taillight flexible assembly systems (FAS) center at the Ford fabrication plant in Sandusk...
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Many service-oriented firms face demand/work load variations that occur both within and between days, and seasonally during the year. These service firms tend to develop staffing plans based on peak periods, resulting in substantial idle time during low demand periods. To counter this, some firms hire part-time employees to work peak periods to imp...
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A number of multiple-parameter adaptive exponential smoothing models have been proposed and demonstrated over the last two decades for short range forecasting. There have been conflicting results on their performance and no systematic study has been conducted to compare them in a controlled environment. The work reported here fills this void by tes...
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There has been an increasing emphasis over the last 5 to 10 years to improve productivity in the Service Sector of the U.S. economy. Much of the improvement obtained by these managers has come about through better scheduling of the work force in these organizations. Effective scheduling of this personnel requires good estimates of demand, which may...
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In the job shop scheduling literature, due dates, when considered, are treated in one of two ways: 1) externally imposed or 2) internally set. Externally imposed due dates are outside the control of the scheduler and are assumed to be set by an order entry or marketing department in agreement with the customer. In this situation, current shop statu...
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This paper presents a conceptual model of due date management in job shops. The model describes, in general terms, some of the important variables in the due date management problem and some of their interrelationships. The model is used as a framework within which to discuss the treatment of the due date management problem in the literature, and s...
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The effective utilization of limited resources within a large police department represents a major organizational goal. This paper describes a project executed and implemented within the Indianapolis Police Department to plan communications support effectively. By properly identifying the appropriate staff levels and scheduling personnel when neede...
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Work force scheduling research over the last few years has concentrated on the shift scheduling problem in service oriented firms (telephone operators, postal employees, bank encoders, etc.). In all cases, the authors were primarily interested in the evaluating procedures (optimal and heuristic) to determine the appropriate number of workers to be...
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This paper presents a study comparing the use of four static and two dynamic priority rules for sequencing bundled checks in the check clearing operations in a bank's back office. The six priority rules are tested in a controlled computer simulation experiment, where bank factors of check bundle size, check bundle value, transit deadlines (dispatch...
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Adapting to changes over time is a primary point in any forecasting system. The quicker the adaptation the better the resulting forecasts. This is very important in computerized forecast-inventory control systems that manage thousands of parts. In such environments, it is difficult, if not impossible, to have all forecasts reviewed for possible cha...
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During the past three decades important progress has been made in research on the planning and control of production and distribution systems. A conceptual framework has gradually developed that provides an overall structure for integrating individual planning and control decisions. Key elements in this structure include: forecasting the demand for...
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The paper describes the procedures employed at Ohio National Bank to improve operations of the check handling and clearing system. It illustrates the approaches utilized to (1) schedule messenger vehicles, (2) determine worker shift schedules, (3) forecast daily work loads and (4) develop work priorities. These four tasks improved productivity and...
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In the May, 1978 issue of Interfaces, Jack Byrd questioned whether there is use for queueing theory, and he presented a series of scenario problems where queueing theory was not appropriate to solving real life problems. His argument was based upon the complexities of real life environments where (1) non-steady-state conditions could exist, (2) und...
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The check-processing activity represents a major function in a commercial bank. If checks are quickly processed through the bank, then funds will be transferred to appropriate accounts and the bank will experience minimum float. This paper discusses the use of priority rules to maximize the dollar value of checks processed each day. A series of exp...
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This paper illustrates a shift scheduling procedure for a commercial bank's encoder work force for check processing in the presence of daily work load uncertainty. The author presents a chance constraint model for determining the appropriate safety capacity, analogous to safety stock in inventory theory, to meet varying volume demands when forecast...
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This paper illustrates heuristic work shift scheduling procedures to schedule the proof and encoder work force in a commercial bank to handle daily check loads. The scheduling and check processing problem is described in detail, indicating the factors that contribute to this complex problem. Seven linear program heuristics are described that provid...
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This paper illustrates a case study of forecasting daily traffic levels at branch banks, where many behavioural and business factors are present. Many influences are not equally spaced over, which reduces the effectiveness of traditional time series approaches. To handle this problem, a univariate time series ARIMA model is developed mid then dummy...
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The purpose of this paper is to place into focus a whole class of problems that have not yet received the attention they deserve. The problem studied, although seemingly narrow in scope, reflects a much broader class of problems relating aggregate and disaggregate cost functions. It raises questions relating to the efficacy of constructing aggregat...
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This paper illustrates the use of the Box-Jenkins methodology by analyzing the Ohio Electrical Power Consumption time series. The three basic analytical steps discussed are the following: 1) Model identification - by matching sample autocorrelation functions against theoretical autocorrelation functions. 2) Non-linear estimation of parameters - by...
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This study provides a first assessment of bundling in B2B procurement by reporting results from a large-scale survey conducted among purchasing professionals in the U.S. manufacturing industry. It distinguishes between bidding environments in which suppliers are either required to submit bids on all items in the bundle, where suppliers are merely e...
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This case study, which can be used as a teaching case, deals with jet engine spare parts planning at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Company, a division of United Technologies Corporation. The case includes background on the company's history and an overview of their jet engine manufacturing operations. The primary focus of the case is on the applicatio...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--Ohio State University, 1973. Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 321-327). Photocopy.

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