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February 28, 2017
Canadian Excellence


Study of Structural and Operational Problems in Dispersed Manufacturing Networks

The Web makes it possible today to develop a production ecosystem of the collective capabilities of smaller firms dispersed geographically, each with its own unique core competency. The main objective of this research is, therefore, to investigate and address the structural and operational issues of a dynamic and adaptive dispersed manufacturing network (DMN) that is formed to create competitive advantages for the cooperating firms on both collaborative and individual scales. Our goal is to extend the insight gained from our previous research and to focus specifically on (1) determining the conditions upon which the DMN production ecosystem could be structured and (2) determining the required operating rules (including product design, scheduling, logistics, and supply chain) for the best performance of a given DMN.

Assessing the Effectiveness of Innovation Propogation on Supply Chain

The last two decades have seen technology and innovation transfer models being proposed and discussed throughout the literature. Empirical results of these models have contributed to our understanding of technology and innovation transfer factors and their relationships. Yet, results of tests of these models have also presented one major limitation: the benefits of innovation propagation within a supply chain (SC) have not been conclusively demonstrated by empirical research and the literature has offered no specific answers. This research attempts to provide a systematic analysis of the explanatory, situational and organizational factors that would help or hinder innovation propagation among members in existing supply chains.