15.762J | Spring 2011 | Graduate

Supply Chain Planning


Required readings for the course are from the following text:

[SKS] = Simchi-Levi, David, Philip Kaminsky, and Edith Simchi-Levi. Designing and Managing the Supply Chain. McGraw Hill/Irwin, 2007. ISBN: 9780073341521.

1 Introduction and course overview

Prepare: “Case: Meditech Surgical.” In [SKS], pp. 18-25.

“Introduction to Supply Chain Management.” Chapter 1 in [SKS], pp. 1-17.


Chopra, Sunil, and Peter Meindl. “Understanding the Supply Chain.” Chapter 1 in Supply Chain Management. 3rd ed. Prentice Hall, 2006, pp. 3-26. ISBN: 9780131730427.

2 Inventory models

“Inventory Management and Risk Pooling.” Chapter 2.1-2.4 in [SKS], pp. 30-51.


Nahmias, Steven. “Inventory Control Subject to Uncertain Demand.” Chapter 5 in Production and Operations Analysis. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2000, pp. 265-313. ISBN: 9780072417418.

Hopp, Wallace, and Mark Spearman. “Inventory Control: From EOQ to ROP.” Chapter 2 in Factory Physics. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2000. ISBN: 9780256247954.

Chopra, Sunil, and Peter Meindl. “Planning and Managing Inventories in a Supply Chain.” Part IV in Supply Chain Management. 3rd ed. Prentice Hall, 2006, pp. 249-383. ISBN: 9780131730427.

Kimball, George E. “General Principles of Inventory Control.” Journal of Manufacturing and Operations Management 1, no. 1 (1988): 119–130.

3 Inventory systems Prepare: “Case: Steel Works, Inc.” In [SKS], pp. 27-29.
4 Supply chain inventory models “Inventory Positioning and Logistics Coordination.” Chapter 3.3 in [SKS], pp. 95-103.
5 Supply chain and postponement

Prepare: “Case: Reebok NFL Replica Jerseys: A Case for Postponement.” In [SKS], pp. 172-177.

“The Value of Information.” Chapter 5 in [SKS] pp. 143-178.

6 Supply contracts I “Supply Contracts.” Chapter 4 in [SKS], pp. 123-139.
7 Supply contracts II and procurement strategies “Procurement and Outsourcing Strategies.” Chapter 9 in [SKS], pp. 267-308.
8 Supply chain integration I “Supply Chain Integration.” Chapter 6 in [SKS], pp. 179-208.
9 Supply chain and product design “Coordinated Product and Supply Chain Design.” Chapter 11 in [SKS], pp. 331-364.
10 Supply chain modeling and optimization at Intel  
11 Supply chain and safety stock placement

Prepare: “Case: Dell Inc.: Improving the Flexibility of the Desktop PC Supply Chain.” In [SKS], pp. 179-187.

Billington, Corey Gianpalolo Callioni, Barrett Crane, John D. Ruark, Julie Unruh Rapp, Trace White, and Sean P. Willems. “Accelerating the Profitability of Hewlett-Packard’s Supply Chains.” Interfaces 34, no. 1 (2004): 59-72.

12 Supply chain integration II  
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