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The Impact of Information Technology Architecture on Supply Chain Performance

The Impact of Information Technology Architecture on Supply Chain Performance
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Author(s): Ken Dozier (University of Southern California, USA) and David Chang (USA)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch247
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

Supply chain oscillations satisfy a sound wave-like dispersion relation when a company responds only to the status of the companies immediately above and below it in the chain. However, when information exchange makes it possible for the company to respond to the status of all the companies in the chain, the dispersion relation changes from that of a sound wave to that of a plasma oscillation. The plasma oscillation exhibits Landau damping, and thus the information exchange leads to beneficial suppression of the oscillations.

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