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Gatignon A.,INSEAD | Van Wassenhove L.N.,INSEAD | Charles A.,University of Toulouse Mines Albi
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2010

Humanitarian operations rely heavily on logistics in uncertain, risky, and urgent contexts, making them a very different field of application for supply chain management principles than that of traditional businesses. We illustrate how optimal supply chains can be designed and implemented within this sector via a study of the process through which the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) decentralized its supply chain. We examine how the process was implemented through a 10-year retrospective of the organization's evolution. We then evaluate the decentralized supply chain's performance in responding to humanitarian crises through an analysis of the IFRC's operations during the Yogyakarta earthquake in 2006. This was the first operation to benefit from the support of Regional Logistics Units (RLUs), the core element of the IFRC's new decentralized supply chain for disaster relief. Our analysis demonstrates the benefits of the decentralized model in humanitarian operations. We find that its implementation requires an alignment between organizational readiness and the adoption of fundamental logistics components, namely standardized tools and processes, traceability through adapted information systems, and appropriate competencies within the organization. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Zolghadri M.,Bordeaux University | Girard P.,Bordeaux University | Baron C.,Toulouse 1 University Capitole | Aldanondo M.,University of Toulouse Mines Albi
International Journal of Technology Management | Year: 2011

Firms look for procuring a sustainable advantage over their competitors. Therefore, they should be both operationally and strategically efficient. However, as firms work with other companies, they are under threats of misunderstanding, inefficiency, difficult synchronisations, etc. These threats will be transformed into real business traps. In this paper, authors propose a global framework which focuses on collaborative new product development (NPD) projects. The ultimate goal is to minimise harmful potential consequences of collaborations. This framework emphasises critical characteristics of any collaboration among partners. It helps users to have a clearer understanding of the overall environment of such projects. This understanding leads not only managers towards a better definition of their strategy but also guides them to acquire a more resourceful operational efficiency. © 2011 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.


Barthe-Delanoe A.-M.,University of Toulouse Mines Albi | Truptil S.,University of Toulouse Mines Albi | Stuhmer R.,FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik | Benaben F.,University of Toulouse Mines Albi
CEUR Workshop Proceedings | Year: 2012

The European PLAY project aims at providing platform for event management. This platform should be tested and stimulated through several use-cases. Obviously, these use-cases should be relevant on the business point of view, but to make them relevant, it could be interesting to be able to redesign them as often as required, in order to improve their business context. This article presents a specific crisis use-case for the PLAY platform evaluation and also a technical framework dedicated to make this use-case as agile as possible. The general principle is to fill the gap between business level (process models) and technical level (workflows definition and web-services implementation). The way the use-case will be simulated (to stimulate the PLAY platform) and the way the use-case will be designed and potentially re-designed (to be simulated) are described in this article.


Truptil S.,University of Toulouse Mines Albi | Barthe A.-M.,University of Toulouse Mines Albi | Benaben F.,University of Toulouse Mines Albi | Stuehmer R.,FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing | Year: 2012

The European PLAY project aims at providing an event management platform. That platform should be tested and stimulated through use-cases. Obviously, these use-cases should be relevant on the business point of view, but to make them relevant, it could be interesting to be able to redesign them as often as required (to improve their business context). This article presents a specific use-case for the PLAY platform evaluation and also a technical framework dedicated to make this use-case as agile as possible. The general principle is to bridge the gap between business level (process models) and technical level (workflows definition and web-services implementation). The way the use-case will be simulated (to stimulate the PLAY platform) and the way the use-case will be designed and potentially re-designed (to be simulated) are described in this article. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Boissel-Dallier N.,University of Toulouse Mines Albi | Boissel-Dallier N.,LINAGORA | Benaben F.,University of Toulouse Mines Albi | Lorre J.-P.,LINAGORA | Pingaud H.,University of Toulouse Mines Albi
Journal of Systems and Software | Year: 2015

Business-IT alignment nowadays has become crucial, with the expansion of service-based information systems and the need to collaborate with external partners. This research work therefore presents a hybrid service composition mechanism coupling logic-based and syntactic matchmaking of services and messages to transform a business process into an executable workflow. To meet the business requirements, this mechanism is based on both top-down and bottom-up approaches using available technical services and a generic semantic profile as pivot model. Whereas the service matchmaking focuses on the functional coverage of the generated workflow, the messageone generates the message transformation needed. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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