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Risk and cost assessment in supply chain decision making: Developing a tool with analytical hierarchy methodology
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims to describe how a tool can be developed by assessing risk and cost within the supply chain of a company. By interviewing stakeholders of the chosen case company, and later analysing their answers with the help of a thematic analysis, we were able to isolate the risk criteria seen as significant. Quality, people, delivery, cost-variation, flexibility and information risk were then used in an AHP model, together with the addition of a cost criterion. By using the AHP methodology, we were able to establish the relation between risk and cost, the different risk criteria and the different product flows considered. The AHP resulted in a matrix which presents the internal relations which can be used as a tool when choosing between different product flows. The purpose of this tool is to help mitigate some of the uncertainties that can emerge when making decisions within the supply chain. The data used in this study is based on the input of the case company, the general application of the matrix have therefore not been tested.

Abstract [sv]

Studien syftar till att beskriva hur ett verktyg kan utvecklas genom att risk och kostnad i ett företags logistikkedja tas i beaktning. Riskerna som behandlas i rapporten identifierades genom att intervjua nyckelpersoner inom det fallföretag som studien utgick ifrån. För att identifiera de risker som ansågs påverka valet av produktflöde, genomfördes en tematisk analys av intervjumaterialet där riskkriteriernas relativa frekvens uppmättes. Den tematiska analysen resulterade i en enkät där parvisa jämförelser mellan riskelement och produktflöden utfördes utefter en beslutshierarki som utarbetats. Resultatet från den tematiska analysen och enkäten visade att risker kopplade till, kvalité, kompetens, leverans, kostnadsvariationer, flexibilitet samt information skall ges en större vikt när produktflöden utvärderas relativt den kostnad som flödena ger upphov till. Resultatet har sammanställts i en matris, där förhoppningen är att matrisen skall hjälpa motverka en del av den osäkerhet som kan uppstå när produktflöden utvärderas. Matrisen i sig är framtagen med hjälp av fallföretaget och dess generella applicering har därför inte testats.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 72
Keywords [en]
Risk assessment, Cost, AHP, Product flow, Supply Chain, Decision making
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Transport Systems and Logistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74516OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-74516DiVA, id: diva2:1324545
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Bufab
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Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
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Available from: 2019-06-20 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-06-20Bibliographically approved

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