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Design of global production and distribution networks: A literature review and research agenda

Olhager, Jan LU ; Pashaei, Sebastian LU and Sternberg, Henrik LU (2015) In International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management 45(1-2). p.138-158
Abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to systematically and critically review the extant literature on the design of global production and distribution networks to identify gaps in the literature and identify future research opportunities. The design aspects deal with strategic and structural decisions such as: opening or closing of manufacturing plants or distribution centres, selection of locations for manufacturing or warehousing, and making substantial capacity changes in manufacturing or distribution.

Design/methodology/approach – We examine the peer-reviewed literature on global production and distribution networks written in English. The search strategy is based on selected keywords and databases. We identify 109 articles... (More)
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to systematically and critically review the extant literature on the design of global production and distribution networks to identify gaps in the literature and identify future research opportunities. The design aspects deal with strategic and structural decisions such as: opening or closing of manufacturing plants or distribution centres, selection of locations for manufacturing or warehousing, and making substantial capacity changes in manufacturing or distribution.

Design/methodology/approach – We examine the peer-reviewed literature on global production and distribution networks written in English. The search strategy is based on selected keywords and databases. We identify 109 articles from 1974 to 2012.

Findings – We categorize the literature according to research methodology: case studies, conceptual modelling, surveys, and mathematical modelling. The amount of literature up to 2000 is rather sparse, while there is a positive trend from 2000 and onwards. The content analysis shows that different research methodologies focus on different but complementary aspects. We propose a research agenda for further research on design of global production and distribution networks.

Research limitations/implications – We identify research opportunities related to complementary actor perspectives, extended supply chains that explicitly include transportation and suppliers, contingency factors, and new perspectives such as facility roles within production and distribution networks.

Original/value – This paper is to our knowledge the first broad review that investigates the design aspects of production and distribution facilities as well as transportation in global production and distribution networks across multiple research methodologies. (Less)
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Capacity, Facility, Location, Manufacturing, Systematic review, Transportation
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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
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45
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138 - 158
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Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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10.1108/IJPDLM-05-2013-0131
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Design/methodology/approach – We examine the peer-reviewed literature on global production and distribution networks written in English. The search strategy is based on selected keywords and databases. We identify 109 articles from 1974 to 2012. <br/><br>
Findings – We categorize the literature according to research methodology: case studies, conceptual modelling, surveys, and mathematical modelling. The amount of literature up to 2000 is rather sparse, while there is a positive trend from 2000 and onwards. The content analysis shows that different research methodologies focus on different but complementary aspects. We propose a research agenda for further research on design of global production and distribution networks.<br/><br>
Research limitations/implications – We identify research opportunities related to complementary actor perspectives, extended supply chains that explicitly include transportation and suppliers, contingency factors, and new perspectives such as facility roles within production and distribution networks.<br/><br>
Original/value – This paper is to our knowledge the first broad review that investigates the design aspects of production and distribution facilities as well as transportation in global production and distribution networks across multiple research methodologies.},
  author       = {Olhager, Jan and Pashaei, Sebastian and Sternberg, Henrik},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1-2},
  pages        = {138--158},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Limited},
  series       = {International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management},
  title        = {Design of global production and distribution networks: A literature review and research agenda},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-05-2013-0131},
  volume       = {45},
  year         = {2015},
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