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Supply Chain Management for Engineers

1st Edition

By Samuel H. Huang

CRC Press

240 pages | 58 B/W Illus.

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Originally taught mainly in business schools, supply chain management has become a common elective and graduate course in engineering colleges. The increasing demand for engineers with supply chain knowledge has fed this shift. However, supply chain management textbooks that have a reasonable coverage of quantitative analysis techniques are few and far between. Concise, straightforward, and easy-to-read, Supply Chain Management for Engineers uses practical problems to introduce key concepts and cultivate students’ problem-solving skills.

Helping students hone their analytical skills and develop the ability to solve real-world problems, the book:

  • Includes a simulation game for practicing supply chain management skills
  • Covers the use of practical software tools including Gurobi Optimizer and Microsoft EXCEL
  • Facilitates the use of problem-based learning (PBL) pedagogy
  • Provides a theoretical framework for supply chain design and supplier selection

Focusing on quantitative aspects, this book uses example problems to introduce key concepts and case studies to strengthen students’ analysis and synthesis skills. In addition to exercises, this book also provides several problems that are relatively complicated and can be used as mini projects that link theoretical concepts to practical problem solving. It also presents a simulation game where students can play the roles of suppliers, OEMs, and retailers within a supply chain environment to practice the skills they acquire. It also stresses the importance of integrating engineering optimization techniques with business strategic thinking. These features and more give students the supply chain knowledge and problem-solving skills increasingly required for engineers entering the work force.


"… written for engineering students and field engineers who are in charge of the execution and improvement of the logistic systems and supply chain management. This concise book covers all the essential practical technologies related to the optimization of the supply chain management. More importantly, the book is well organized with a number of real cases and a simulation game which can be the most attractive merits to readers and students."

—Qiang SU, School of Economics & Management, Tongji University, Yangpu District, Shanghai, China

"… prepared by an engineer for engineers. It presents in clear and concise prose the models, practices and recent developments in modern supply chain engineering. As an engineering Professor teaching supply chain for many years, I believe this book provides an excellent textbook for both upper level undergraduate and graduate students. With the case studies and practical examples, it also provides practitioners tools with illustrations to better manage their supply chain."

—Jianzhi (James ) Li, University of Texas – Pan American, Edinburg Texas, USA

"It could be used as support for courses delivered at undergraduate level, ….. the case studies are based on real companies and give an interesting perspective on how to implement the techniques and tools."

Production Planning & Control, April 2016

Table of Contents

Designing and Engineering the Supply Chain for Competitive Advantage


Supply Chain Types

Supply Chain Design

Supply Chain Process Model

Supply Chain Drivers

Problem: Dr. Smart’s Supply Chain Strategy


Understanding Customer Demand: Forecasting


Time Series Forecasting

Error Analysis

Case Studies

Problem: Oriental Trading Company



Matching Supply with Demand: Aggregate Planning


Elements of Aggregate Planning

Aggregate Planning Strategies

Linear Programming Approach to Aggregate Planning

Case Studies

Problem: Plastic Bottle Inc



Satisfying Customer Demand: Inventory Management


Economic Order Quantity

Safety Inventory

Optimal Product Availability

Case Studies

Problem: Business Attire Store



Moving Products across Supply Chain: Distribution Network Design and Transportation Decision Making


Frameworks for Distribution Network Design and Transportation Decision Making

Distribution Network Design Models

Transportation Decision Making

Case Studies

Problem: Dragon Furniture Enterprise



Supplier Selection Methodology


Supplier Performance Measures

Supplier Selection Methods

Contracts to Increase Supply Chain Profitability

State of the Art in Supplier Selection


Supply Chain Simulation Game


Sales Contract and Aggregate Plan

Simulation and Profit Analysis

Notes for Using the Simulation Game


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Purchasing & Buying
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Operations Research