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Journal Cover Asian Journal of Management Science and Applications
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   ISSN (Print) 2049-8683 - ISSN (Online) 2049-8691
   Published by Inderscience Publishers Homepage  [416 journals]
  • Cellular design-based optimisation for manufacturing scheduling and
           transportation mode decisions
    • Authors: Can Celikbilek, Gürsel A. Süer
      Pages: 107 - 129
      Abstract: This paper discusses a design-based mixed integer mathematical model for concurrent optimisation of manufacturing scheduling and transportation mode decisions in a cellular manufacturing system (CMS). Cell loading is performed based on the outcome of CMS design. The CMS design is performed by considering the probabilistic demand environment and the layered cellular manufacturing system design is utilised. Cell loading is performed by using a deterministic mixed integer mathematical model. In cell loading phase, alternative manufacturing due dates of each product and a customer due date of each product are considered. Based on the availability of capacity and alternative manufacturing due dates, a product might be divided and manufactured in different points in time and these smaller lots can be dispatched to the customer by using alternative transportation methods such that the entire lot arrives to the customer before its desired due date in order to maximise the total net profit.
      Keywords: cellular manufacturing systems; CMS design; manufacturing cells; cell loading; due dates; transport mode decisions; scheduling decisions; alternative transportation; mixed integer programming; mathematical modelling; concurrent optimisation; lot sizing
      Citation: Asian J. of Management Science and Applications, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2015) pp. 107 - 129
      PubDate: 2016-03-15T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/AJMSA.2015.075321
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2016)
  • Shortening line length in a mixed-model assembly line by installing a
           single pull-off table
    • Authors: Hiroshi Miyazaki, Haruki Matsuura, Akiko Asada, Kenji Hirano
      Pages: 130 - 153
      Abstract: This paper explores to what extent line length can be shortened in a mixed-model assembly line by installing a single pull-off table. The number of resultant model sequences to which the table can be altered from the original model sequence compared with the number using random access buffers such as an automated storage and retrieval system is discussed. The line length realised by installing a pull-off table is also discussed based upon possible altered model sequences in order to provide guidelines on where to install a pull-off table. In addition, a procedure for installing a pull-off table is presented with a numerical example.
      Keywords: mixed-model assembly lines; pull-off tables; line length; sequencing; random access buffers; automated storage and retrieval systems; AS/RS; pull-off table location
      Citation: Asian J. of Management Science and Applications, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2015) pp. 130 - 153
      PubDate: 2016-03-15T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/AJMSA.2015.075339
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2016)
  • Comparison of two typical scheduling rules of line-seru conversion
    • Authors: Yang Yu, Jiafu Tang, Yong Yin, Ikou Kaku
      Pages: 154 - 170
      Abstract: The complexity and the improved performance of line-seru conversion vary with the scheduling rules of seru loading. By combining the complexity of seru formation with the complexity of seru loading, this paper clarifies the combinatorial complexity of the line-seru conversion with two typical scheduling rules of first come first service (FCFS) and shortest processing time (SPT) in detail, and states complexity with FCFS is much more than that with SPT. However, by the numerical experiments we find that the performance improvement by line-seru conversion with FCFS is not much better than that with SPT. Therefore, it can be concluded that for decreasing the computational time SPT can be used as the typical scheduling rule in line-seru conversion problem.
      Keywords: line-seru conversion; comparison; seru loading; scheduling rules; performance improvement; assembly systems; serus; assembly line conversion; conveyor assembly lines
      Citation: Asian J. of Management Science and Applications, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2015) pp. 154 - 170
      PubDate: 2016-03-15T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/AJMSA.2015.075337
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2016)
  • Applying fuzzy Delphi and fuzzy AHP in selecting potential NPD projects
           for commercialisation in a research institute
    • Authors: Gwo-Tsuen Jou, Benjamin J.C. Yuan
      Pages: 171 - 194
      Abstract: New product development (NPD) plays a crucial stage in pushing technology forward to reach the aim of commercialisation. This study proposes a novel method to evaluate potential NPD projects for commercialisation of technology. Based on literature review and fuzzy Delphi survey, we identified five aspects of decision areas and 19 criteria, which were prioritised under a hierarchy model structure by fuzzy analytic hierarchy process (FAHP) approach. Moreover, we developed a score-weighting method and invited some industrial experts to evaluate five NPD projects, which were derived from Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI) government-funded R&D programs and assessed by technology readiness level (TRL). Further resources are thus allocated to the high ranking projects to accelerate the commercialisation of technology.
      Keywords: fuzzy sets; project selection; new product development; NPD; technology readiness level; TRL; fuzzy AHP; analytical hierarchy process; FAHP; fuzzy Delphi; technology commercialisation; research institutes; Taiwan; textile research; R&D; research and development
      Citation: Asian J. of Management Science and Applications, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2015) pp. 171 - 194
      PubDate: 2016-03-15T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/AJMSA.2015.075347
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2016)
  • Employee voice behaviour in organisations: evidence from Pakistan
    • Authors: Masood ul Hassan, Ibn e Hassan, Faryal Batool
      Pages: 195 - 212
      Abstract: To remain competitive, organisations seek innovative ideas and solutions from employees. Since employees can give more practical views they often participate by sharing their ideas and by giving opinions termed as voice. The current study contributes to the literature by examining the effect of big five personality traits combined with the psychological antecedents on employees' voice behaviour in the Pakistani service sector context. Four independent variables, organisational-based self-esteem, felt obligation, job motivation and personality traits were proposed to have a positive relation with dependent variables, promotive and prohibitive voices in the presence of a moderator, psychological safety. Data was collected from 200 employees of the leading insurance sector organisation of Pakistan through a survey questionnaire. The results confirmed the hypotheses.
      Keywords: voice behaviour; self-esteem; obligation; job motivation; Pakistan; personality traits; service sector; services; psychological safety; insurance industry; employee involvement
      Citation: Asian J. of Management Science and Applications, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2015) pp. 195 - 212
      PubDate: 2016-03-15T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/AJMSA.2015.075335
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2016)
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