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A conceptual Framework for Supply Chain Performance in Desalination Industry (pp. 95-101)

Hasan Balfaqih, Zulkifli Mohd Nopiah, Nizaroyani Saibani
Academic and corporate interest in sustainable supply chain management has risen considerably in recent years. In this article, a conceptual framework is proposed for measuring supply chain (SC) performance in water desalination industry. The research methodology is based on literature analysis concerning performance measurement and metrics to be applied for companies belonging to the water desalination industry. Since the study focuses on a specific industry, this could be considered as a limitation of the work as the results presented are not suitable to be generalized or extended to other contexts, although some extrapolations can be made. The paper provides the first conceptual performance measurement framework specific for the water desalination supply chain. The proposed framework could serve as a reference for the desalination industry to establish applicable performance appraisal indicators. It is believed that both researchers and practitioners would benefit from the framework developed.

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Development of Synchronized Logistics Scenarios (pp. 85-94)

Diamantino Torres, Ana Raquel Xambre, Leonor Teixeira
Internal Logistics is the industrial department responsible, within an organization, for overseeing the information flow and for controlling the physical movements of materials in the warehouse, factory and between workstations. Currently the improvement of Internal Logistics processes is a key factor for delivering products to customers on time and at a competitive price. There is an increasing need for eliminating non-value added tasks and reducing operating costs. In this context, the synchronization of supply routes is very important in order to create standards and improve the use of resources. The purpose of this study is to describe the way Logistics Scenarios were developed in an industrial environment and also to show the importance of Internal Logistics.

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Management model for Successful Business Processes: the Case of Transition Countries (pp. 75-84)

Dušan Gošnik, Ivan Beker, Jana Suklan, Klemen Kavčič
The paper presents the results of empirical research about the effect of management activities such as planning, organising, leading and controlling on the success of business processes` improvement performance. We report the results of a survey conducted in various types of organisations in transition economies. Results show us important differences about how certain management activities affect the success of business processes` improvement implementation. The findings are useful for business practice in general and for managers in countries having a similar history, social system background and transition economy (e.g. Serbia, Slovenia, etc.) as they will understand better the key influences and the role of management activities in business processes improvement initiatives and implementation.

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A QFD-based Decision Making Model for Computer-Aided Design Software Selection (pp. 49-58)

Kanika Prasad, Shankar Chakraborty
With the progress in technology and innovation in product development, the contribution of computer-aided design (CAD) software in the design and manufacture of parts/products is growing on significantly. Selection of an appropriate CAD software is not a trifling task as it involves analyzing the appositeness of the available software packages to the unique requirements of the organization. Existence of a large number of CAD software vendors, presence of discordance among different hardware and software systems, and dearth of technical knowledge and experience of the decision makers further complicate the selection procedure. Moreover, there are very few published research papers related to CAD software selection, and majority of them have either employed criteria weights computed utilizing subjective judgements of the end users or floundered to incorporate the voice of customers in the decision making process. Quality function deployment (QFD) is a well known technique for determining the relative importance of customers’ defined criteria for selection of any product or service. Therefore, this paper deals with design and development of a QFD-based decision making model in Visual BASIC 6.0 for selection of CAD software for manufacturing organizations. In order to demonstrate the applicability and potentiality of the developed model in the form of a software prototype, two illustrative examples are also provided.

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