Thursday, January 15, 2009

Springer: Dispersed Manufacturing Networks

New book release from Springer:

Dispersed Manufacturing Networks
Challenges for Research and Practice

Dekkers, Rob (Ed.)
2009, Approx. 270 p., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-84882-467-6

Due: June 2009

About this book

Customers in geographically dispersed, emerging and established global markets nowadays demand higher quality products in a greater variety and at lower cost in a shorter time. As a result, firms have been forced to reorganize their activities and realign their global strategies in order to provide the speed and flexibility necessary to respond to windows of market opportunity. Consequently, organizations have moved from centralized, vertically integrated, single-site manufacturing facilities to geographically dispersed networks of resources. Additionally, in order to acquire technological know-how and assets quickly, or to acquire a local presence in new and distant markets, strategic partners are increasingly part of the network structure. The changes require adaptations by companies to fit the characteristics of industrial networks in dynamic environments:

Industrial networks provide an answer to the current challenges of innovative potential, responsiveness and flexibility through their capability for absorbing change and capturing market opportunities. The emerging possibilities of information technology and data-communication, the globalization of markets, and the ongoing specialization of firms have paved the way for Dispersed Manufacturing Networks as organizational manifestation for collaboration and coordination across loosely connected agents.

Dispersed Manufacturing Networks provides new perspectives of Dispersed Manufacturing Systems from the point of view offered by complex systems theory. The book elaborates on issues of coordination and planning and offers new solutions for logistics problems and for developing cooperation in engineering networks. In addition, the impact of globalization is discussed for both managerial decision-making and operational performance of supply chains.
Written for:

Researchers and professionals in manufacturing management and networks; researchers and professionals in ICT applications (distributed manufacturing, virtual networks, holonic manufacturing, etc.); researchers and professionals in operations management
Keywords:

* Collaborative Networks
* Complex Adaptive Systems
* Industrial Networks
* Manufacturing Management
* Supply Chain Management

Table of contents

Industrial Networks of the Future: Review of Research and Practice.- Dispersed Network Manufacturing: an Emerging Form of Collaboration Networks.- Self-Similarity and Criticality in Dispersed Manufacturing: a Contribution to Production Networks Control.- Collaborations in Industrial Networks: the Co-Evolutionary Perspective.- Designing and Modeling Agile Supply Demand Networks.- Framework for Developing an Agile Future-proof Supply Chain.- Developing a Worldwide Production Network.- Planning in Companies with Dispersed Capacity.- Managing Product Variety in Multinational Corporation Supply Chains: a Simulation Study Investigating Flow Time.- Set-up and Operation of Global Engineering Networks Spanning Industrialized and Emerging Economies.

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