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  • February 14, 2011
  • 09:06 AM

Strategic Supply Chain Design and the Product-Relationship Matrix

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Yet another case study. This time on strategic network design. Why? A major problem for businesses is to find the right strategy for a given situation. And "right" here means optimal (for a given KPI).
Research question might be: Are there general categories which can be used to make different decision situations comparable? And if yes, what would optimal strategies under these circumstances be?

Seuring (2009) tries to answer the first research question using case studies. From........ Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 10:58 AM

Thesising ~ Feeling Stuck?

by Linda Lin in Oz Blog No. 159

(Or worse blocked? *gasp. this sort of fits in with two other posts on thesising I've had) Ever feel like everyday is the same? Like some song stuck on repeat? Or part of the lyrics of some familiar song? Or...... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Breaking down technology transfer barriers

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Breaking down the technical and legal barriers are essential if technology transfer from academia to industry is to be done efficiently and effectively, according to researchers in Spain. Antonio Hidalgo, Professor of Technology Strategy at the Technical University of Madrid and José Albors, Professor of Business Administration at the Technical University of Valencia explain that [...]Breaking down technology transfer barriers is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Antonio Hidalgo, & José Albors. (2011) University-industry technology transfer models: an empirical analysis. Int. J. Innovation and Learning, 9(2), 204-223. info:/

  • February 9, 2011
  • 11:26 AM

Risk, Information and Incentives in Telecom Supply Chains

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Supply chains risks can also be analyzed in a specific industry context and this is exactly what Agrell et al. (2004) did with telecom supply chains. They used a three tier SC (2nd tier supplier, EMS, OEM) to include the selection, coordination and motivation of independently operating suppliers in the model.

In terms of risk handling and sharing the telco industry is to some extent unique as well; there are several possible complications, like
differing business logic in the different sta........ Read more »

Agrell, P., Lindroth, R., & Norrman, A. (2004) Risk, information and incentives in telecom supply chains. International Journal of Production Economics, 90(1), 1-16. DOI: 10.1016/S0925-5273(02)00471-1  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:21 AM

Ezekiel's Merkabah | Knowing, Part 3

by Michael Lombardi in a New Life in the Sea

For this last installment of our review of the film 'Knowing', we will discuss the reference to Ezekiel's Chariot, and the prophecy that it conveys.
Some background - Ezekial is the author and central protagonist of the Book of Ezekial in the Hebrew Bible which goes on to discuss his prophecies of the destruction of Jerusalem. In 592 BCE, Ezekiel describes an encounter where is is visited by God appearing in "the likeness of man" who is riding a Chariot (or Merkabah in Hebrew) accompanied ........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:00 AM

Competence, Participation, Opportunity in Science Communication

by Janet Krenn in Talking Winston

“…the main concern of community activities is now increasingly about public participation, rather than public competence [of science].”

A recent study in Public Understanding of Science reveals that individuals that report “high” interest in science and technology make up a majority of the members of the general public who participate in science/policy decision making. Yet some that are very interested actually may lack a basic science competence, and what good is any discussion w........ Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 08:58 PM

Codex of all Codecies | Knowing, Part 2

by Michael Lombardi in a New Life in the Sea

In continuing this review and analysis of the film 'Knowing', we must absolutely address the numeric sequence which was obsessively scribed by the character Lucinda Embry. The sheet of paper containing several hundred seemingly random digits was placed into an elementary school's 'time capsule' to be opened some 50 years later. Upon opening and rediscovery of this number sequence, we are taken on a thrilling journey to unlock the secrets embedded in this sequence of digits - which as i........ Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 10:27 AM

Case Study: Stress Testing Supply Chains

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Stress tests are an acknowledged method to test systems under extreme conditions. The method is not only used in engineering (eg. Great picture of a Boing wing stress test (Guardian Eyewitness)), but also in business, most notably and in the banking industry. But can this method also be used to test supply chain designs?

Method / Case Study
There is limited literature on using simulation to evaluate supply chains under stress. The authors took the following approach: Determining the scope ........ Read more »

Jain, Sanjay, & Leong, Swee. (2005) Stress Testing a Supply Chain Using Simulation. Proceedings of the 2005 Winter Simulation Conference, 1650-1657. info:/

  • February 6, 2011
  • 04:32 PM

Droughts and the decline and rise of urban civilizations

by Michael Smith in Wide Urban World

Paleoclimatic data from a new tree-ring sequence in central Mexico have implications for the fall and rise of cities and urban societies before the Spanish conquest.... Read more »

Stahle, David W., José Villanueva-Díaz, Dorian J. Burnette, Julián Cerano Paredes, Richard Heim, Jr., Falko K. Fye, Rodolfo A. Soto, Matthew D. Therrell, Malcolm K. Cleaveland, and D. K. Stahle. (2011) Major Mesoamerican Droughts of the Past Millennium. Geophysical Research Letters. info:/

  • February 6, 2011
  • 08:50 AM

random chance vs determinism | Knowing, Part 1

by Michael Lombardi in a New Life in the Sea

This post is a continuation of the analysis of my marathon movie weekend. As I escaped the creepiness, yet remained perplexed by The Fourth Kind, I found myself more deeply enveloped by 'Knowing'. The film followed my alien themed movie marathon, but more subtly, and emphasized a focus on our perceptions of reality.

In the early part of the film, we meet Nicholas Cage's character, a professor from MIT, who poses a challenge to his students to consider whether life is the product........ Read more »

unknown. (1932) Determinism Defined. Nature, 129(3250), 228-228. DOI: 10.1038/129228d0  

Kampen, N. (1991) Determinism and predictability. Synthese, 89(2), 273-281. DOI: 10.1007/BF00413908  

  • February 5, 2011
  • 06:51 PM

Welcome, "Monstrous Murderer"!

by Paleochick in Paleochick's Digs

Dearest readers,
Happy “Superbowl Sunday” weekend (Not that I’m keeping score OR...... Read more »

  • February 5, 2011
  • 10:59 AM

The Fourth Kind | a frank discussion and review

by Michael Lombardi in a New Life in the Sea

This weekend was an extra-terrestrial movie double header...but not of the District 9 type. Rather, despite the 'fiction' label on the DVD box, I took a deeper look at the realities of the paranormal and prophecy. This discussion will span the next several posts here on 'a New Life'.

The first film was 'The Fourth Kind'. Call me what you will, but I watched it late one night by myself, and it scared the bejeezums out of me.

This film portrays a series of psycho paranormal events&nbs........ Read more »

  • February 5, 2011
  • 03:52 AM

Welcome, "Monsterous Murderer"!

by Paleochick in Paleochick's Digs

A new Tyrannosaurus from the Kaiparowits Formation is named..... Read more »

  • February 4, 2011
  • 12:16 PM

Tricks of the trade: chimpanzees and their tools

by Djuke Veldhuis in Elements Science

Deep in the African rainforest researchers continue to find a wide array of tool use in wild chimpanzee populations. Djuke Veldhuis examines what is happening in the emerging field of primate archaeology.

Related posts:Science spreads through African lands
... Read more »

  • February 2, 2011
  • 08:46 AM

Decision Support for Supply Chain, Product and Process Design

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Many companies are struggling with the idea to use modern optimization techniques to support decision making in strategic supply chain management.

But beside mathematical modeling of the supply chain there are other methods as well, such as network based approaches. In their 2005 paper Blackhurst, Wu and O'Grady present a more intuitive decision support method with the goal to improve decisions within the supply chain context.

Figure 1: Example Product Chain Decision Model (Bl........ Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 11:16 AM

Do all cities have neighborhoods?

by Michael Smith in Wide Urban World

It's hard to imagine a modern city that does not have neighborhoods. What would residential areas in such a city look like? Is this even possible? Given the prominence of neighborhoods in social science research on life in cities today, I would guess that all modern cities do have neighborhoods. If a sociologist or planner, for example, identified a city that lacked neighborhoods, I'm sure they would study the situation and publicize it for being so strange.For premodern cities whose housing and........ Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 11:16 AM

Effects of Process Maturity and Uncertainty on SC Performance

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Process orientation may or may not be a very hip topic right now. Nevertheless effective processes are a foundation for company performance. Lockamy, Childerhouse, Disney, Towill and McCormack (2008), analyze and explain the impact of process maturity and uncertainty on supply chain performance, the full paper can be obtained here free of charge.

In close collaboration with several businesses they conducted an empirical study on this topic, which I present in the following.

Business Proce........ Read more »

Lockamy, A., Childerhouse, P., Disney, S., Towill, D., & McCormack, K. (2008) The impact of process maturity and uncertainty on supply chain performance: an empirical study. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 15(1), 12. DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2008.018237  

Christopher, M., & Peck, H. (2004) Building the Resilient Supply Chain. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 15(2), 1-14. DOI: 10.1108/09574090410700275  

  • January 30, 2011
  • 11:46 AM

Painkillers, pregnancy and problems of procreation

by Elements Science in Elements Science

No pain no gain: mums told to grit their teeth if they want sons with balls. Djuke Veldhuis examines how expectant mothers use painkillers could affect their son... Read more »

Kristensen, D., Hass, U., Lesne, L., Lottrup, G., Jacobsen, P., Desdoits-Lethimonier, C., Boberg, J., Petersen, J., Toppari, J., Jensen, T.... (2010) Intrauterine exposure to mild analgesics is a risk factor for development of male reproductive disorders in human and rat. Human Reproduction, 26(1), 235-244. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/deq323  

  • January 29, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Rant of the day: whales have culture no theyre just jerks like the rest of us humans

by ToonArmyMIA in If There's Grass On The Pitch

Whales, culture and three-somes... Read more »

  • January 28, 2011
  • 12:35 PM

Will the uprising in the Middle East & North Africa usher in a new era of science and innovation in the Arab world?

by Farooq Khan in Complex systems + science

The wave of protests sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa has been described as revolutionary. Whether this is an accurate description of what is taking place remains to be seen, and depends upon how you define a revolution....... Read more »

Farooq Khan. (2011) Will the uprising in the Middle East . Nature Blogs. info:/

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