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Indiana University Bloomington

Operations & Decision Technologies

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Our Operations, Analytics and Information Systems faculty have written many of the definitive textbooks in the areas of operations, data analysis, database management, networking, and Excel modeling.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Supply Chain Design: Past, Present and Future

2009, Production & Inventory Management Journal

Vincent A. Mabert, Kyle D. Cattani


With an increasing number of domestic and international competitors, supply chain design has become a critical success factor for organizations to remain competitive. Kyle Cattani and Vincent Mabert share some insights gained from an investigation of recent contributions to supply chain design in the context of a long history of supply chain design efforts. They define supply chain management broadly and consider that while the supply chain design has been of critical importance for millennia, it has evolved over time. The supply chain design decision does not occur frequently for an organization, but its impact is long-term. The availability of new technology impacting manufacturing and transportation, plus changes information systems, have increased the pace and flow of materials and data. While the intensity of change may have increased in recent times, supply chain design issues themselves have existed since antiquity. In this paper, they provide a historical perspective by highlighting some  past developments, discussing present ideas and concepts, and suggesting future supply chain design directions.


Cattani, Kyle D. and Vincent A. Mabert (2009), "Supply Chain Design: Past, Present, and Future," Production and Inventory Management Journal, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 47-57.