Annals of Operations Research

, Volume 241, Issue 1, pp 225–247

Project-driven supply chains: integrating safety-stock and crashing decisions for recurrent projects


DOI: 10.1007/s10479-012-1240-0

Cite this article as:
Xu, X., Zhao, Y. & Chen, CY. Ann Oper Res (2016) 241: 225. doi:10.1007/s10479-012-1240-0


We study a new class of problems—recurrent projects with random material delays, at the interface between project and supply chain management. Recurrent projects are those similar in schedule and material requirements. We present the model of project-driven supply chain (PDSC) to jointly optimize the safety-stock decisions in material supply chains and the crashing decisions in projects. We prove certain convexity properties which allow us to characterize the optimal crashing policy. We study the interaction between supply chain inventory decisions and project crashing decisions, and demonstrate the impact of the PDSC model using examples based on real-world practice.


Recurrent projects Random material delays Dynamic programming Crashing Safety-stock 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing SciencesRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of International BusinessTunghai UniversityTaichungTaiwan

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