Dell's Supply Chain Strategies

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A Knowledge-Based Analysis and Modelling of Dell’s Supply Chain Strategies Areti Manataki Master of Science Artificial Intelligence School of Informatics University of Edinburgh 2007 Abstract Supply Chain Management is becoming more and more important for the success of today’s business world. Dell has realized this trend from its very first steps and has become one of the most successful PC companies in the world by putting emphasis on its supply chain, orchestrating its build-to-order and direct sales strategies. While most of the literature that covers Dell’s business and supply chain strategies is too theoretical, we suggest an analysis of a lower level using knowledge-based techniques. So, we have developed a business…show more content…
10 Business Process Modelling....................................................................... 15 Workflow Management ............................................................................. 18 Fundamental Business Process Modelling Language (FBPML) ............... 20 Three-Layered Business Process Modelling Approach ............................. 24 3 Dell’s Business Process Model ............................................................................. 25 3.1 3.2 Dell BPM – The MIT Process Handbook version ..................................... 28 Dell BPM – The sequenced MIT Process Handbook version ................... 32 3.2.1 3.2.2 3.3 Weaknesses of Dell’s BPM based on MIT Process Handbook ..... 32 The sequenced MIT Process Handbook version of Dell’s BPM ... 33 Dell BPM – The enriched version.............................................................. 41 iv 3.3.1 3.3.2 Weaknesses of Dell’s BPM sequenced version ............................. 41 Enriched-MIT Process Handbook version of Dell’s BPM ............ 42 4 Workflow Engine .................................................................................................. 56 4.1 Workflow engine design and assumptions................................................. 57 4.1.1 4.1.2 4.1.3 4.2 4.2.1 4.2.2 4.2.3 4.2.4 4.3 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.4 Aim & Objectives .......................................................................... 57 Design conceptualisation &

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