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Applying advanced planning systems for supply chain planning: three case studies

Patrik Jonsson (Division of Logistics and Transportation, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Linea Kjellsdotter (Division of Logistics and Transportation, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Martin Rudberg (Division of Production Economics, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 13 November 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore how standardized advanced planning systems (APS) can be used for solving planning problems at tactical and strategic levels, and to identify the perceived effects of using APS.

Design/methodology/approach

Multiple case studies involving three cases using APS software for strategic network planning and master production scheduling are conducted. Comparative analysis explores how the planning situation, the model design and use of the APS impact the perceived planning effects.

Findings

Findings show how APS support cost‐optimized strategic network design in one case and how efficiency, capacity utilization and delivery service problems were decreased in two cases using APS in global master planning processes. The cases show how APS supports cross‐functional integration and supply chain commitment to a common plan. Research directions are suggested about the feasibility of APS in situations with various planning complexities, how design of the optimization model creates complexity and affects the planning process, data gathering requirements when using APS, the role and design of the planning organization, and how to achieve positive planning effects, such as finding global optimum and single plan commitment.

Research limitations/implications

The approach is descriptive and explorative. Only three cases are studied.

Practical implications

The findings present experiences of APS usage and identify issues to consider when using APS and potential benefits to gain from usage.

Originality/value

The practical use of APS is low and the knowledge about how it impacts supply chain planning and performance is unexplored. The findings of this paper fill some of these gaps.

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Citation

Jonsson, P., Kjellsdotter, L. and Rudberg, M. (2007), "Applying advanced planning systems for supply chain planning: three case studies", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 37 No. 10, pp. 816-834. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600030710848932

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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