Performance prediction using supply chain uncertainty modelling

S. C.L. Koh, A. Gunasekaran

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This paper presents a new quantitative method and a holistic approach to assess the impact of supply chain uncertainty on customer delivery performance. We adopt system theory, Multi Criterion Decision Making (MCDM) theory - Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Theory of Constraints (TOC) as the underpinning theoretical frameworks for this new method. Some 72 UK companies have verified this method and we call this - the Supply Chain Uncertainty Impact Assessment (SCUIA) method. Some 66 types of supply chain uncertainty are assessed. This method involves three levels of assessment, namely: (1) relative percentage occurrences of each supply chain uncertainty, (2) relative upstream and downstream impact of each supply chain uncertainty and (3) relative likelihood of each underlying causes of supply chain uncertainty. The findings show that underlying causes of supply chain uncertainty with higher likelihood of occurrences do not necessarily result in greater impact on the downstream delivery performance in the supply chain. It can be concluded that decision makers should not use the likelihood of occurrence or impact criteria in isolation when devising solutions to tackle supply chain uncertainty, but to tackle those underlying causes of supply chain uncertainty that have both greater impact and higher likelihood of occurrence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-293
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Services and Operations Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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