In progress Improving Supply Chain Performance through Coordination Mechanisms

ERIM PhD 2011 LIS 04 AW_WvdH


Decentralized supply chain systems in which members make decisions solely based on their own local perspectives often experience expensive inefficiencies. In fact, a locally optimal decision by one supply chain member can disadvantage another member or even the whole supply chain system. Accordingly, it is in the interest of the system as a whole to align and coordinate the decisions and activities of members in order to improve overall supply chain performance. While various models have been developed to address the issue of cooperation in different supply chain settings, there is scant literature considering this problem in systems with non-stationary demand and cost parameters over a discrete and finite time horizon. The proposed research aims to increase the efficiency of supply chain systems in such settings by designing effective and easily implementable coordination mechanisms. With the assumption of asymmetric information, design and analysis of mechanisms in which explicit cooperation among supply chain members is not possible are of particular interest.


supply chain, coordination mechanisms, lot-sizing, asymmetric information

Time frame

2012 - 2015

Supervisory Team

Albert Wagelmans
Professor of Econometrics (Management Science)
  • Promotor
Wilco van den Heuvel
Associate Professor of Opereations Research
  • Daily Supervisor