R-SCOM is a multidisciplinary research centre that has been created to meet the scientific and industrial challenges imposed by the changing industrial context. The mission of R-SCOM is to analyse the technological, economical and environmental changes, to understand their impacts on operations and industrial systems, and to develop efficient solutions and aid decision tools for scientists and practioners.
R-SCOM covers all fields of supply chain and operations management with a focus on three emerging areas that encompass the main industrial challenges:
Green supply chain management
Green supply chain management.
With the emergence of environmental concerns, supply chain practices must evolve to take into account the new environmental challenges such as the conformity to environmental regulations and the increasing interest of some customers in environmentally friendly (green) products. In order to improve their environmental performance, mainly in terms of carbon emissions, companies have to rethink different decisions associated, for instance, with the supply chain design, the purchasing practices, the manufacturing technologies, the transportation management, the inventory management, and the information systems.
In the current industrial environment, many real-world supply chains have complex network structures, which consist of multiple layers of geographically dispersed manufacturing and distribution facilities and an international network of suppliers. Components are therefore purchased worldwide and intermediate and final products are manufactured in different facilities which are generally located in different countries. Global operations raise the role of sourcing and supply chain design. The coordination of supply chain decisions and the management of information systems are also key success factors in this context.
The unstoppable changes in industrial environment and the globalization of economies continue to expand the spectrum of risks that supply chains have to bear. In addition to classical risks associated for instance with market uncertainties, technological improvements, and production resources, the supply chains have also to cope with the risks of facing emerging industrial and market trends (sustainability, changing customer behavior, …) and operating in global environment (different regulatory and tax regimes, disparate business cultures, varying level of economic development, …).
In order to address the above problems, our researchers use different approaches and research methodologies. In particular, R-SCOM is based on strong skills in optimization and simulation. More generally, we have an expertise in mathematical modelling, large scale optimization models, stochastic modelling, Simulation, Structural equation modeling, Big data analysis, Survey method, and empirical analysis.