Mr Israel Nnamdi Atakulu

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

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

Distinctions/Honours

MSc Distinction University of Nottingham

Areas of expertise

3D-Concurrent Engineering

Collaborative Design Process

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Atakulu, I., Shalpegin, T., & Wynn, D. C. (2019). Integration model to support configuration of product architecture and supply chain design. Paper presented at 21st International Dependency and Structure Modeling (DSM) Conference 2019, Monterey, CA, USA. 23 September - 25 October 2019. DS 97: Proceedings of the 21st International DSM Conference (DSM 2019), Monterey, California, September 23rd-25th 2019. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Timofey Shalpegin, David Wynn

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