The Johnson and Johnson journey deploying SmartOps for multi-echelon inventory optimization
Leaders for Global Operations Program.
Tauhid Zaman and David Simchi-Levi.
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Multi-echelon inventory technology enables firms to significantly reduce inventory costs. It gives managers the ability to make tradeoffs based on information from the entire supply chain, which results in a more powerful supply chain strategy and stronger competitive advantage. This thesis provides a case study exploring the deployment of SmartOps multi-echelon inventory optimization technology in Johnson and Johnson's Medical Devices and Diagnostics supply chain. The basis for this thesis is an internship project that focused on implementing SmartOps in the Transfusion Medicine and Mainframe Slides businesses within Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a group within the Medical Devices and Diagnostics sector. Through a pilot program, this internship analyzed the level of complexity involved in deploying multi-echelon inventory optimization tools such as SmartOps. In addition, this internship identified key challenges associated with data quality, especially in decentralized supply chains. The results of this study show that while IT investment decisions are challenging, senior executives should strongly consider investing in multi-echelon inventory optimization software. Recommendations for implementation include automation, people development, and forecast data centralization.
Thesis: M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, 2014. In conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT.Thesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division, 2014. In conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 53).
DepartmentSloan School of Management.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division.; Leaders for Global Operations Program.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management., Engineering Systems Division., Leaders for Global Operations Program.