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reslog is a research group of the Department of Management and Production Engineering (DIGEP) at Politecnico di Torino
Complex Systems
Supply Chain as Complex Systems
It has been demonstrated that supply chains are Complex Adaptive Systems, since they are constituted by numerous and different elements interconnected by non linear relationships, and they can evolve and adapt to changes in their environment. Nevertheless to most of the managers it's unclear how traditional management approaches have to be modified to include complexity. New managerial theories have to be based on a deep knowledge of causes and effects, of complexity on organizational behavior. For this purpose, we study performance measurements as a tool to capture complexity effects on supply chian behavior. Furthermore the analysis of causes producing a certain performance levels and of the relationships among different metrics, allow to understand complexity drivers, as well as the links among the systems components. This aim is achieved by integrating performance measurement with System Dynamics, a methodology that allows to study the structure of a system and the connections among its elements determining its behavior. A future stream of research we will focus on mapping the general concepts of complexity theory on the logics that characterize supply chain, in order to provide to the managers approaches to control complexity.
Pubblications
De Marco, A. Rafele, C. System Dynamics simulation: an application to regional logistics policy making, International Journal of Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, 2007
Smart Cities
Project and Risk Management
Healthcare Organization
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