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The primary objective of this paper is to compare five rescheduling strategies according to their effectiveness in reducing entropic-related complexity arising from machine breakdowns in manufacturing systems. Entropic-related complexity is the expected amount of information required to describe...
Even structurally simple supplier–customer systems can be operationally complex. This operational complexity can be colloquially defined as the uncertainty associated with managing the dynamic variations, in time or quantity, across information and material flows at the supplier–customer...
The main contribution of this paper is the demonstration that, contrary to conventional thinking, a measurable increase in the operational complexity of the production scheduling function between two companies can occur following closer supply chain integration. The paper presents the practical...
This paper revisits and extends the structural and dynamic complexity measures of manufacturing systems, which are based on an information-theoretic interpretation of the amount of information that is needed to describe the state of a manufacturing system. In this paper, a generic manufacturing...
Within the supply chain context, schedule instability is caused by revisions to forecast demand from customers, problems with scheduled deliveries from suppliers, and disruptions to internal production. Supply chain partners attempt to address schedule instability by regular exchanges of...
This paper reports on the application of the operational complexity index Frizelle, G., Woodcock, E., 1995. Measuring complexity as an aid to developing operational complexity. International Journal of Operations and Production Management 15(5), 26-39. The aim is to address what is the...
We present a methodology for calculating the information-theoretic complexity of a mass customization (MC) manufacturing system, under various inventory management strategies, and identify the parameters of the whole system that are likely to be the most significant in determining overall system...
We investigate the complex relationships between countries in the Eurovision Song Contest, by recasting past voting data from 1992–2003 in terms of a dynamical network. Our analysis shows that the UK is remarkably compatible, or ‘in tune’, with other European countries during the period of...