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The value of nonlinear control theory in investigating the underlying dynamics and resilience of a grocery supply chain

Spiegler, V.L.M., Potter, AT, Naim, MM, Towill, DR (2016) The value of nonlinear control theory in investigating the underlying dynamics and resilience of a grocery supply chain. International Journal of Production Research, 54 (1). pp. 265-286. ISSN 0020-7543. E-ISSN 1366-588X. (doi:10.1080/00207543.2015.1076945) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:56713)

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Abstract

In an empirical context, a method to use nonlinear control theory in the dynamic analysis of supply chain resilience is developed and tested. The method utilises block diagram development, transfer function formulation, describing function representation of nonlinearities and simulation. Using both shock or step response and filter or frequency response lenses, a system dynamics model is created to analyse the resilience performance of a distribution centre replenishment system at a large grocery retailer. Potential risks for the retailers resilience performance include the possibility of a mismatch between supply and demand, as well as serving the store inefficiently and causing on-shelf stock-outs. Thus, resilience is determined by investigating the dynamic behaviour of stock and shipment responses. The method allows insights into the nonlinear system control structures that would not be evident using simulation alone, including a better understanding of the influence of control parameters on dynamic behaviour, the identification of inventory offsets potentially leading to drift, the impact of nonlinearities on supply chain performance and the minimisation of simulation experiments.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00207543.2015.1076945
Uncontrolled keywords: nonlinear control theory; supply chain dynamics; supply chain resilience
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Management Science
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Organisation (CLHO)
Depositing User: Virginia Spiegler
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2016 08:38 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:40 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56713 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Spiegler, V.L.M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7130-3151
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