Mr Israel Nnamdi Atakulu
Research | Current
Concurrent Product and Supply Chain Design
The capability of manufacturing firms to concurrently design a product and its supply chain is a core competence to prevail in fierce competition. Supply chain management is thus a necessary concept as it deals with the coordination and integration of interactions of collaborating partners to realize product modules. The product’s architecture is important to incorporating those interactions as it is typically established at the early stages of Product Development and impacts on downstream decisions as the costs of interactions (collaboration) within the supply chain.
Even though it has been widely acknowledged in the engineering and operations management domain that decisions relating to the product's architecture and their supply chain are mutually dependent, limited efforts have been made towards implementing integration models at the early stages of product design to improve collaborative product development processes, in particular problems that occur at interfaces between the Focal company (FC) and its collaborative suppliers.
This research contributes to the growing product architecture-supply chain design stream by proposing an integration model that can help the Focal Company to link the product architecture and supply chain in the early stages of a product development.
Keywords: Product Architecture; Collaborative development; Interface Management; Supply Chain Configuration
Teaching | Current
ENGGEN 115 Principles of Engineering Design - Graduate Teaching Assistant
MECHENG 334 Engineering Design 3M - Graduate Teaching Assistant
MECHENG 352 Manufacturing Systems - Graduate Teaching Assistant
MSc Distinction University of Nottingham
Areas of expertise
Collaborative Design Process