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The concept of supply chain (SC) has arisen as a result of successive extensions of the point of view on the productive processes. The terminology, from the organization of production, industrial organization, operations management (OM) and integral logistics has come together in the supply chain, designating the network of entities that intervene in the design, obtaining, distribution and, where appropriate, recovery and remanufacturing or recycling of goods and services, and the material, financial, informative and personal flows that take place between these entities. It is therefore an integrative concept that reflects the real evolution of the supply of goods and services systems. As a result of this evolution, the proportion of supply chains with a global coverage grows, making it difficult to optimize their design and management and raise or strengthen the importance of concepts such as resilience or robustness. Likewise, the growing concern for respect for the environment and sustainability is reflected in the importance of progressively acquiring research on the green design and management of supply chains and on the CLSC (closed loop supply chains, concept arisen from the development of reverse logistics).

Currently, the concept of supply chain, which includes and exceeds those of operations and logistics management, articulates research in the area of supply, production, distribution and recovery. Although, strictly speaking, the concept of management of the supply chain includes that of the operations management, the fact of associating the name of the proposed doctoral program indicates what is the aspect of the management of the SC in which more emphasis falls.

The research team linked to the program has extensive and recognized teaching, research and thesis supervising experience in the field of the program. On the other hand, the participation of these personnel in technology transfer and research projects, as well as their publications in high impact journals, show their research experience in the subject matter of the SCOM program.

The objective of the SCOM (Supply Chain & Operations Management) doctoral program is to promote and develop research on the supply chain and thus contribute to the improvement of the economic, environmental and environmental performance of organizations.

This program responds to the training needs of highly qualified R&D&I personnel in order to improve the efficiency and environmental impact of the procurement, production, distribution, recovery and remanufacturing or recycling processes. The program can be especially useful in an environment in which the industry and logistics have a particularly relevant weight such as Catalonia, but the training needs extend to all countries, and therefore the program has a strong international vocation.

Due to the nature of the concept of SC, research in this field admits a considerable variety with respect to the methodology used, since the object of the investigation can be the elaboration of concepts, the construction of theories from one empirical basis or formalization of design and management problems of the SC (which may or may not be oriented to the formulation and resolution of mathematical models). The research activity of the academic staff linked to the program has led to results in all the aforementioned aspects in relation to the design and management of the supply chain and the management of operations in its own right.


Research in the field of the supply chain

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Research lines:

  • Supply Chain management and design
  • Operations management
  • Scheduling
  • Assembly line design and balancing
  • Working time planning and scheduling
  • Lean management
  • Integrated aggregate planning
  • Strategic capacity planning
  • Urban logistics
  • Sustainability in transportation and distribution
  • Rural electrification with renewable energy and sustainable development in isolated areas


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