A review of inventory lot sizing review papers

Maxim A Bushuev (Department of Management and Information Systems, Kent State University, Twinsburg, Ohio, USA)
Alfred Guiffrida (Department of Management and Information Systems, Kent State University, Twinsburg, Ohio, USA)
M. Y. Jaber (Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)
Mehmood Khan (College of Business Administration, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Publication date: 16 March 2015



This paper aims to give a comprehensive review, summary, and discussion on inventory models that have appeared in the literature. During these past ten decades, no seminal paper reviewing the field of inventory lot sizing has even been published. This limitation has been identified in the literature by several researchers over the years, with the sheer volume of the number of published inventory lot sizing models acting as a factor which has limited a research endeavor to review the literature on inventory lot sizing models.


This article reviews research on inventory lot size models and provides a review of previously published literature review papers on inventory models. Based on this initial review, the literature extending current research practices on inventory modeling in supply chains and in sustainable practices is presented. Directions for expanding research in these two areas are examined in light of concerns expressed in the historical use of inventory models and in light of a new inventory research paradigm.


In our paper, we have adopted a novel strategy to overcome this limitation by focusing our review on a review of inventory lot sizing review papers.


By adopting the methodology of reviewing published inventory review papers, we can contribute a comprehensive review of the inventory lot sizing literature that serves to provide in one paper a consolidation of inventory research that can serve as a single source to keep researchers up to date with the research developments in inventory lot sizing models. We also identify gaps in the field which could stimulate new research agendas in the areas of supply chain management and sustainable inventory practices.



The authors thank the anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments that improved structure of the paper considerably. M.Y. Jaber thanks the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for funding his research.


Bushuev, M.A., Guiffrida, A., Jaber, M.Y. and Khan, M. (2015), "A review of inventory lot sizing review papers", Management Research Review, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 283-298. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-09-2013-0204



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below

You may be able to access this content by logging in via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.
If you think you should have access to this content, click the button to contact our support team.