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Development of Horizontal Coordination Mechanisms for Planning Agricultural Production

Abstract Agricultural supply chains are complex systems which pose significant challenges beyond those of traditional supply chains. These challenges include: long lead times, stochastic yields, short shelf lives and a highly distributed supply base. This complexity makes coordination critical to prevent food waste and other inefficiencies. Yet, supply chains of fresh produce suffer from high levels of food waste; moreover, their high fragmentation places a great economic burden on small and medium sized farms.

This research develops planning tools tailored to the production/consolidation level in the supply chain, taking the perspective of an agricultural cooperative—a business model which presents unique coordination challenges. These institution... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Mason, Andrew Nicholas (Author) / Villalobos, Jesus R (Advisor) / Griffin, Paul (Committee member) / Kempf, Karl (Committee member) / Wu, Teresa (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Industrial engineering / Agriculture / Operations research / Agriculture / Coordination / Decomposition Methods / Mechanism Design / Production Planning / Supply Chain Management
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 218 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Industrial Engineering 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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