Now showing items 1-20 of 2000

    • Bidding, playing, or competing? : rational and irrational determinants in Internet auctioning 

      Chu, Yim Tonia, 1974- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      Auctions, especially Internet auctions, are claimed to be efficient pricing mechanisms, assuming rational behavior and recognition of individual fundamental values. This assumption and its implication are at the heart of ...
    • An algorithm to determine the causes of inventory stock-outs in manufacturing firms 

      Burt, Matthew H. (Matthew Howard), 1969- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      The recent trends in manufacturing toward lower inventory levels, shorter cycle times, and more closely integrated production schedules have led to an extremely low tolerance for inventory stock-outs. In such an environment, ...
    • Software based network optimization for a large manufacturer 

      Agarwal, Rajiv, 1969- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      With expansion of commerce and boundaries of business, organizations have been working hard at improving processes and bills of material and have reached the bottom already. The focus is therefore, now shifting to the next ...
    • Transition to clicks & mortar 

      Endy, Ben, 1973- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      The e-commerce boom has had a ripple effect on the way bricks-and-mortar retail stores operate their business. Bricks-and-mortar stores not only have to compete with one another in the physical world; they now have to ...
    • Computerized beer distribution game management flight simulators : a review 

      Li, Yihua, 1969- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      The Beer Game has been used to demonstrate the bullwhip effect often observed in supply chains, i.e. the amplification of demand variance upstream in the supply chain in multiple echelon systems. In recent years, computerized ...
    • Online auctions in procurement : the cost/goodwill tradeoff 

      Rameson, Tyler J. (Tyler James), 1974- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      Industry is rapidly adopting online auctions. Many of these auctions are occurring in the procurement of component supplies. While there are tremendous expectations for this technology, there is little data or study looking ...
    • Business-to-business marketplaces for freight transportation 

      Boyle, Marc D. (Marc David), 1966- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      Business-to-business (B2B) marketplaces bring together buyers and sellers in different industries using the Internet to conduct or facilitate business transactions. Among these new intermediaries or "infomediaries" are ...
    • Product attribute as an important dimension in developing online auction strategy for businesses 

      Xiao, Wen, 1968- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      Online auctions represent one of the most interesting developments in electronic commerce. On the one hand, it presents great opportunities - enabling businesses to reach large group of buyers, liquidate products at ...
    • Economic performance of product and process firms 

      Steinemann, Patrick P. (Patrick Paul), 1969- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      This dissertation refines the understanding of economic performance of firms, using data and practical insights from the automotive supplier industry. Firms in this industry are characterized as either product or process ...
    • Reverse logistics process identification in the business to consumer electronic commerce 

      Lozano Pruneda, Hector, 1974- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      commerce will have to prove its reliability and convenience. Operational excellence and coordination among the supply chain will allow e-vendors to offer services like on-time delivery and simple return processes, vital ...
    • E-business strategy : an industry clockspeed perspective 

      Kalanidhi, Sanjeev, 1970- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      The Internet is a communications network that connects computers around the world. It has been around since 1960's. The Internet Phenomena - the recent upsurge in business use of the Internet can be attributed to the World ...
    • Proactive reduction of returns : management and metrics 

      Zaientz, Lucas A. (Lucas Aaron), 1971- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      Management of reverse logistics is becoming an important research area. Within this body of research, very little work has been done on proactively reducing returns. The current writing on returns management is almost ...
    • End-of-life cycle product management 

      Usanmaz, Gokhan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      Market leadership requires effective management of product life cycle, starting from the launch of a new product until its retirement. In this particular project, an exploratory study of business practices in the management ...
    • Reducing forward buying through derivatives 

      Foti, Christopher G. (Christopher Grant), 1971- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      This thesis examines the potential reduction of speculative inventory, commonly known as "forward buying", through the use of derivatives options, similar to those used on commodities exchanges. The reinforcing cycle of ...
    • Bidding strategies in reverse auctions for the automotive industry procurement 

      Galland Lopez, Michel, 1973- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      The Information Era has brought along a myriad of revolutionary changes. The Internet in particular has given new forms to old paradigms. It is quite a challenge for companies to decide which of all these options best suit ...
    • 21st century reverse logistics : consumer to business space explored 

      Fleck, Jonathan M. (Jonathan Michael), 1974- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      Despite a growing body of information about the importance of good logistics and supply chain management, there remains a dearth of research regarding consumer-to-business reverse logistics (the collection of processes ...
    • Extreme rainfall, flood scaling and flood policy options in the United States 

      Bhatti, Babar Mahmood, 1968- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      River flood and rainfall have been shown to exhibit scale invariance behavior over a range of space and time scales. Although various approaches have been taken to investigate and model the various scaling aspects of ...
    • Leveraging the Internet as a global buyer : a framework for the World Food Programme, UN 

      Arriaga de Oliveira, Rafaela Gonçalves da, 1972- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      Procurement, consolidation, international transportation, custom clearance and distribution are the main global logistics steps of an integrated supply chain. Business-to-business e-commerce can significantly alter the ...
    • Practical automated picking and packing 

      Mekhaya, Edward, 1973- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      A brief study of materials handling automation, and evaluation of a potential business based on current Internet order fulfillment equipment and practices. Internet retail today relies heavily on manual labor for order ...
    • Industrial ecology of metals : barriers and incentives to closing loops 

      MacDonagh-Dumler, Jeffrey, 1976- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      This thesis examines the end-of-life markets for NiCd batteries and Aluminum Intensive Vehicles (AIVs) through an industrial ecology framework. Case studies were chosen to examine the general characteristics of the industrial ...