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Advanced planning & scheduling systems: Effects for supply chain planning
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. (Bygglogistik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1066-2094
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of the 25th Annual NOFOMA Conference / [ed] Per Olof Arnäs, Göteborg: NOFOMA , 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]


Advanced Planning   and Scheduling (APS) systems are argued to provide a number of positive   effects when implemented in manufacturing firms, e.g. in terms of planning   performance, cost performance, supply chain visibility. The purpose of this   paper is to analyse the effects from implementing and using APS systems for   supply chain planning, in terms of both experienced benefits and problems,   and type of planning context.


Our research is   based on a multiple case study, where 5 manufacturing firms that recently   have implemented APS systems to support tactical planning processes (e.g.   sales and operations planning and multi-site master planning), have been   studied. Case data (interviews, meetings, performance data, etc.) have been   collected during four years. Pattern matching and logical models are used in   the cross-case analysis.


The results show   differences in APS effects depending on what type of implementation focus and   APS use that have been employed. Results also show that the supply chain   context (organisation, individuals, technology) affects the APS effects.

Practical   implications

These results can   be used on the one hand in further research to establish a typology of   different ways to implement and use APS systems, and on the other by managers   in choosing the right APS approach depending on what effects that they are   striving for.


There are few   accounts in academic research on the practical use of APS systems and their   effects on the planning process and performance. This research provides such   results.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: NOFOMA , 2013.
Keyword [en]
APS Systems, Tactical planning, Multiple case study
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96753OAI: diva2:643204
25th Annual NOFOMA Conference, 3-5 June 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden
Available from: 2013-08-26 Created: 2013-08-26 Last updated: 2013-09-03

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