A framework for technology selection to support sales and operations planning in German medical technology organisations
conference contributionposted on 25.09.2018, 10:01 by Enrique Garcia-Villarreal, Ran Bhamra, Martin Schoenheit
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of the German medical technology sector are being challenged with competition from low-wage countries. Considering the importance of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) in these organisations, the current trend of Smart Manufacturing (Industry 4.0), and the dearth of empirical research on both medical technology supply chains and technology-selection processes, this paper presents the outcomes of an action research (AR) study to develop and practically test a technology-selection framework to support S&OP from both intra-organisational and inter-organisational perspectives. The cooperation with the case organisation provided insights into the operational issues faced by the organisation during its implementation.
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering