Supply Chain Flexibility Metrics Evaluation

Genevois M. E. , Gure U., Ocakoglu K.

Interdisciplinary International Conference on Applied Mathematics, Modelling and Computational Science (AMMCS), Waterloo, Canada, 26 - 30 August 2013, vol.117, pp.235-240 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 117
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-12307-3_33
  • City: Waterloo
  • Country: Canada
  • Page Numbers: pp.235-240


The markets in which manufacturers and service firms compete are increasingly influenced by intense foreign competition, rapid technological change, and shorter product life cycles. In this new scenario, flexibility may be one of the most important capabilities needed for firms to achieve competitive advantage. The possible behaviors of the company to the problems it faces are called levers of flexibilities. In a supply chain, the flexibility of one entity is highly dependent on the flexibility of upstream entities. It is a natural area for metrics. A metric is a standard of measurement of performance and gives the basis on which to evaluate the performance of processes in the supply chain. Thus, the purpose of the study is to determine and evaluate the supply chain flexibility levers in order to calculate the benefit of preferring a flexibility lever to another one. The analytic network process (ANP) technique is used for prioritizing evaluated flexibility levers. We are handling the automotive sector for the study.