Strategic Supply Chain Management in Process Industries

An Application to Specialty Chemicals Production Network Design

  • Reinhard Hübner

Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 594)

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About this book


More and more often practitioners in process industry have to adapt their global production networks to changes in the competitive environment. A majority of the supply network design models proposed by academia does not sufficiently capture the economic and technical questions that have to be resolved. This work seeks to provide the necessary operations research decision support tools. It builds on the example of specialty chemicals industry, which faces a strong increase of competitive pressure and historically grown production networks that typically lack a coherent design strategy. Decision makers have to define a global production network re-design strategy. Therefore, the book proposes a planning process split into the two phases: global production network optimization and individual site selection. To support the former a comprehensive Mixed-Integer Linear Programming model is proposed while an approach based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process is suggested for the latter. Findings from a case study demonstrate the applicability of OR methods to real-world production networks.


Mixed-Integer Linear Programming Multiple Attribute Decision Analysis Operations Research Production Network Design Specialty Chemicals Industry Supply Chain Management linear optimization optimization production

Authors and affiliations

  • Reinhard Hübner
    • 1
  1. 1.McKinsey & Company, Inc.BerlinGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-72180-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-72182-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8442
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