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Game Theoretical Models Of Competition In Time-Sensitive Markets, Behrouz Bakhtiari 2014 McMaster University

Game Theoretical Models Of Competition In Time-Sensitive Markets, Behrouz Bakhtiari

Open Access Dissertations and Theses

This study focuses mainly on situations of time-based competition. Three problems in this context will be studied in three different parts. In the first part, we will examine the promised delivery time (PDT) competition for firms whose production processes consist of more than one stage. We study three games; a) when each firm consists of two stages and has identical production rates in both stages, b) when each firm consists of k stages and has identical production rate in all stages and, c) when each firm consists of two stages and has different production rates in each stage. In the ...


Critical & Creative Thinking And Structured Analytic Methodologies:, James L. Harper 2014 SelectedWorks

Critical & Creative Thinking And Structured Analytic Methodologies:, James L. Harper

James L Harper

No abstract provided.


Value Of Information: Facilitating Targeted Information Acquisition In Decision Processes, Jeffrey Keisler 2014 University of Massachusetts Boston

Value Of Information: Facilitating Targeted Information Acquisition In Decision Processes, Jeffrey Keisler

Jeffrey Keisler

No abstract provided.


The Nature And Influence Of Relationship On Success In A Virtual Work Environment, Carol Locher Ransone 2014 Antioch University

The Nature And Influence Of Relationship On Success In A Virtual Work Environment, Carol Locher Ransone

Dissertations & Theses

The evolution of technology in the 21st century has led to a greater understanding of the benefits and the challenges of expanding work relationships across geographical boundaries. This expansion has contributed to the development of a global society with over three million employee teleworkers (Global Workplace Analytics and the Telework Research Network, 2013). In spite of the advances in connecting across the globe technologically, the importance of successfully working together in a virtual work environment is grounded in relationships that foster individual growth and group cohesion. The human elements of connectivity are primary to the success of organizations as well ...


An Experimental Investigation Of Outsourcing Through Competition, Ehsan Elahi, Roger Blake 2014 University of Massachusetts Boston

An Experimental Investigation Of Outsourcing Through Competition, Ehsan Elahi, Roger Blake

Ehsan Elahi

Our research uses laboratory experiments to examine the theoretical results of competition between suppliers in an outsourcing setup. We consider a supply chain in which a single buyer needs to outsource the manufacturing of a product among N potential suppliers. The buyer allocates demand to suppliers not on the basis of price, but rather on service. We analyze the levels of service suppliers will decide to provide when competing on three different criteria specified by the buyer. For the first, suppliers compete by providing the buyer a specific service level (fill-rate), and for the second by maintaining a specific quantity ...


10 Razões Para Um Negócio Ter Sucesso, Ivan F. Rodriguez 2013 SelectedWorks

10 Razões Para Um Negócio Ter Sucesso, Ivan F. Rodriguez

Ivan F Rodriguez

A experiência e habilidades dos gestores de topo. Mais de metade dos negócios fracassados estão diretamente relacionados à incompetência gerencial.


Openorbiter Combined Software Work Breakdown Structure, Jeremy Straub, Timothy Whitney, Tyler Leben, Kelton Karboviak, Zach Maguire, Christoffer Korvald, Scott Kerlin 2013 SelectedWorks

Openorbiter Combined Software Work Breakdown Structure, Jeremy Straub, Timothy Whitney, Tyler Leben, Kelton Karboviak, Zach Maguire, Christoffer Korvald, Scott Kerlin

Jeremy Straub

As part of CSCI 297, students created work breakdown structures for different areas of the OpenOrbiter project’s software groups. In CSCI 207, they learned about all aspects of project management via experiential learning. They acted as project management ‘consultants’ to the OpenOrbiter software teams. To facilitate the creation of the work breakdown structures, they interviewed team leads, attended team meetings and discussed current progress and needs with members of the teams. In some cases, they collected additional information from reference sources and/or spoke with other teams which would be the ‘customer’ of a particular area of the software ...


The Strategic Plan Of A Medium-Size Enterprise Compared To The Baldrige Criteria, Jordan Blacklock 2013 Western Kentucky University

The Strategic Plan Of A Medium-Size Enterprise Compared To The Baldrige Criteria, Jordan Blacklock

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The purpose of this study was to provide a case example of one SME (small to medium-size enterprises) documented practices compared to the Baldrige Program’s Criteria for Performance Excellence (Criteria). This study evaluated the degree to which the case example organization practiced the philosophies and principles of the Criteria without direct knowledge of the Criteria. The researcher conducted evaluations by examining the case example organization’s strategic plan against the Criteria. Results of this study’s demonstrated that the Baldrige Program would not be a change in direction for the case example organization but a systematic approach to enhance ...


Eight Years Of Journal Of Muamalat And Islamic Finance Research (Jmifr) (2004-2011): A Way Forward, Muhammad Ridhwan, Fuadah Johari, Muhammad Mohamad Yusoff 2013 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Eight Years Of Journal Of Muamalat And Islamic Finance Research (Jmifr) (2004-2011): A Way Forward, Muhammad Ridhwan, Fuadah Johari, Muhammad Mohamad Yusoff

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This article presents the result of various bibliometric patterns of articles published by Journal of Muamalat and Islamic Finance Research (JMIFR). This journal is devoted to the field of Islamic Banking and Finance studies and their application in modern times. Data from each volume of JMIFR were collected and statistically analyzed using the Statistical Product & Service Solution (SPSS) software. This study looked at variables which include authorship patterns, length of articles, number of articles published, author productivity, contributing institutions and subject area patterns. Among the significant findings are that dual authorship is prevalent and accounted for about 56.8% of ...


A Cross-Cultural Health Care Approach To Improve Veteran Health Services In An Academic Community Hospital, Judith Sabino MPH, Eric Johnson MPSA, CPS, CAAMA, CHS, CHEP, CDP, James F. Geiger MPA, FACHE 2013 Lehigh Valley Health Network

A Cross-Cultural Health Care Approach To Improve Veteran Health Services In An Academic Community Hospital, Judith Sabino Mph, Eric Johnson Mpsa, Cps, Caama, Chs, Chep, Cdp, James F. Geiger Mpa, Fache

Administration & Leadership

No abstract provided.


Learning Effect, Time-Dependent Processing Time And Bicriteria Scheduling Problems In A Supply Chain, Jianbo Qian 2013 McMaster University

Learning Effect, Time-Dependent Processing Time And Bicriteria Scheduling Problems In A Supply Chain, Jianbo Qian

Open Access Dissertations and Theses

This thesis contains two parts. In the first part, which contains Chapter 2 and Chapter 3, we consider scheduling problems with learning effect and time-dependent processing time on a single machine. In Chapter 2, we investigate the earliness-tardiness objective, as well as the objective without due date assignment consideration. By reducing them to a special linear assignment problem, we solve them in near-linear time. As a consequence, we improve the time complexity for some previous algorithms for scheduling problems with learning effect and/or time-dependent processing time. In Chapter 3, we investigate the total number of tardy jobs objective. By ...


Women In The Workforce: An In-Depth Analysis Of Gender Roles And Compensation Inequity In The Modern Workplace, Rebecca L. Ziman 2013 University of New Hampshire

Women In The Workforce: An In-Depth Analysis Of Gender Roles And Compensation Inequity In The Modern Workplace, Rebecca L. Ziman

Honors Theses

This paper explores the increase in participation and education of American women in the workforce with a special focus on women in business and accounting roles. The paper then goes on to discuss the wage gap between genders, how to remedy inequality in the workplace, and highlights several reasons why pursing a solution to gender inequality is beneficial for both the employee and the company.


Daily Routing For Customer Relationships In Pharmaceutical Sales, Shu Zhang, Jeffrey W. Ohlmann, Barrett W. Thomas 2013 University of Iowa

Daily Routing For Customer Relationships In Pharmaceutical Sales, Shu Zhang, Jeffrey W. Ohlmann, Barrett W. Thomas

Tippie College of Business Publications

No abstract provided.


Sugarcane Harvest Logistics In Brazil, Kamal Lamsal, Philip C. Jones, Barrett W. Thomas 2013 University of Iowa

Sugarcane Harvest Logistics In Brazil, Kamal Lamsal, Philip C. Jones, Barrett W. Thomas

Tippie College of Business Publications

Sugar mills in Brazil represent significant capital investments. To maintain appropriate returns on their investment, sugar companies seek to run the mills at capacity over the entire nine months of the sugarcane harvest season. Because the sugar content of cane degrades considerably once it is cut, maintaining inventories of cut cane is undesirable. Instead, mills want to coordinate the arrival of cut cane with production. In this paper, we present a model of the sugarcane harvest logistics problem in Brazil. We introduce a series of valid inequalities for the model, introduce heuristics for finding an initial feasible solution, and for ...


Usability Testing To Enhance User Experience: The Catquest Usability Study, Aaron Nichols, Amber Billey, Alice Stokes, Peter Spitzform, Catherine Mundy 2013 University of Vermont

Usability Testing To Enhance User Experience: The Catquest Usability Study, Aaron Nichols, Amber Billey, Alice Stokes, Peter Spitzform, Catherine Mundy

UVM Libraries Conference Day

After implementing the discovery tool Primo (eventually renamed CATQuest), the UVM Libraries conducted a usability test to understand how our users approach using this tool without instruction, to discover patterns in searching behavior, and to uncover how compatible Primo is with user search behavior. This presentation will demonstrate the design and implementation of the usability study, as well as reveal some surprising results.


Real-Time Order Tracking For Supply Systems With Multiple Transportation Stages, Nana Bryan 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Real-Time Order Tracking For Supply Systems With Multiple Transportation Stages, Nana Bryan

Doctoral Dissertations

This dissertation studies a supply system consisting of a retailer, a manufacturer, and multiple transportation stages. The manufacturer fulfills the demand from the retailer for a single product. The replenishment process is not instantaneous. Orders may take more than one time period to be shipped from the manufacturer’s location, and shipped orders pass through multiple transportation stages until they reach the retailer. Each stage may represent a physical location or a step in the delivery process. Shipments are not allowed to cross over in time. The movement of each shipment depends on the congestion and movements of shipments ahead ...


A Simple, Practical Prioritization Scheme For A Job Shop Processing Multiple Job Types, Shuping Zhang 2013 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

A Simple, Practical Prioritization Scheme For A Job Shop Processing Multiple Job Types, Shuping Zhang

Doctoral Dissertations

The maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) process is used to recondition equipment in the railroad, off-shore drilling, aircraft, and shipping industries. In the typical MRO process, the equipment is disassembled into component parts and these parts are routed to back-shops for repair. Repaired parts are returned for reassembling the equipment. Scheduling the back-shop for smooth flow often requires prioritizing the repair of component parts from different original assemblies at different machines. To enable such prioritization, we model the back-shop as a multi-class queueing network with a ConWIP execution system and introduce a new priority scheme to maximize the system performance ...


Product Bundling: Impacts Of Product Heterogeneity And Risk Considerations, Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Ehsan Elahi 2013 University of Massachusetts Boston

Product Bundling: Impacts Of Product Heterogeneity And Risk Considerations, Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Ehsan Elahi

Ehsan Elahi

Bundling has been extensively studied in the literature and its benefits have been manifested through three perspectives of achieving better price discrimination, helping to save costs, and preserving the power for deterring a potential entrant. In this study, we examine two aspects of bundling which have not been studied before. We examine the impact of product heterogeneity on bundling decisions. We also address risk considerations in a bundling problem. Specifically, we consider a retailer who has the option of selling a bundle of two products (pure bundling policy), or selling the products separately (no-bundling policy). The retailer could also face ...


Outsourcing Through Competition: What Is The Best Competition Parameter?, Ehsan Elahi 2013 University of Massachusetts Boston

Outsourcing Through Competition: What Is The Best Competition Parameter?, Ehsan Elahi

Ehsan Elahi

In this paper we consider a single buyer who wants to outsource the manufacturing of a product to N potential suppliers. The buyer’s objective is to maximize the service level she receives from the suppliers. The suppliers compete for the buyer’s demand based on a competition parameter which the buyer announces along with an allocation rule. We model each supplier as a make-to-stock queueing system. Using a simple proportional allocation function, we compare two competition parameters: service level and inventory level. We show that inventory competition creates a higher overall service level for the buyer. We also show ...


Innovation, Proximity, And Knowledge Gatekeepers –Is Proximity A Necessity For Learning And Innovation?, Deogratias Harorimana Dr 2013 SelectedWorks

Innovation, Proximity, And Knowledge Gatekeepers –Is Proximity A Necessity For Learning And Innovation?, Deogratias Harorimana Dr

Dr Deogratias Harorimana

Organisational desire for innovation and growth can be best achieved when they are in proximity. Geographical or technological proximity represent network structure in which a focal organisation is embedded, which has structural, cognitive and relational dimensions. Proximity influences innovation indirectly by its influence on agents’ ability to exchange and combine knowledge in four related ways: by giving access to exchange partners that provide opportunities for learning, increasing the anticipation of value, increasing the motivation to exchange, and by giving access to resources necessary for committing exchanges.


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