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Managing a closed-loop supply chain with process innovation for remanufacturing

Reimann, Marc, Xiong, Yu and Zhou, Yu (2019) Managing a closed-loop supply chain with process innovation for remanufacturing European Journal of Operational Research, 276 (2). pp. 510-518.

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Remanufacturing is an opportunity to deliver all-round sustainability benefits when products are de- signed accordingly. In this paper, we focus on the link between remanufacturing and the opportunity to lower the variable remanufacturing cost via process innovation. Specifically, we analyse how the opportunity is utilized in a supply chain consisting of a manufacturer and a retailer. Only the manufacturer may undertake process innovation, while remanufacturing as such could be done by either the manufacturer or the retailer. We find that although the traditional manufacturing process accepts incremental improve- ment, remanufacturing in general requires stepwise innovation; thus, the optimal strategy of managing process innovation in a forward supply chain does not directly apply to manage process innovation for remanufacturing in a closed-loop supply chain. Our analytical results also show that a decentralised sup- ply chain could be more likely to take up remanufacturing than an integrated supply chain, especially when the process innovation cost is sufficiently high. Consequently, inefficiency resulting from decentral- isation of decision-making in the closed-loop supply chain may cause not only under investment but also over investment in process innovation for remanufacturing. Finally, through an extensive numerical analysis, we find that this over investment always reduces the environmental impact in terms of the overall production quantity, even if the decision-making process does not explicitly consider any environmental aspect.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors : Reimann, Marc, Xiong, Yu and Zhou, Yu
Date : 18 January 2019
DOI : doi.10.1016/j.ejor.2019.01.028
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Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 The Author(s).Published by Elsevier B.V.
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 24 Feb 2020 15:19
Last Modified : 24 Feb 2020 15:19

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