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dc.contributor.advisorHenry S. Marcus.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSimotas, Georgiosen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-22T17:30:34Z
dc.date.available2007-10-22T17:30:34Z
dc.date.copyright2007en_US
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/39284
dc.descriptionThesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2007.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 97-101).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe decision of firms from industrialized nations to outsource part or all of their supply chain activities to offshore countries, like in China, carries with it two major issues. The first is related to the costs and benefits of outsourcing and the second to risks and problems that may arise in-between the supply chain participants. A supply chain vulnerability analysis is currently performed under the "Speed to Market" project. The ultimate output of the project will be a software model capable of improving the ability of companies to ship intermediate or finished products to and from China. The purpose of my research is to identify the factors that are mostly responsible for the strength or volatility of the supply chain of a firm and come to conclusions about the questions that a firm has to answer before taking the decision to outsource. Such questions usually arise throughout the supply chain and are related to suppliers, inventories, demand forecasting and intellectual property issues.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Georgios Simotas.en_US
dc.format.extent106 leavesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subjectCivil and Environmental Engineering.en_US
dc.titleIdentification of factors responsible for successes or failures in the supply chain based on real-world case studiesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc171035989en_US


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