Optimal Sourcing Orders under Supply Disruptions and the Strategic Use of Buffer Suppliers

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Title: Optimal Sourcing Orders under Supply Disruptions and the Strategic Use of Buffer Suppliers
Authors: Parlane, Sarah
Tsai, Ying-Yi
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6110
Date: Oct-2014
Online since: 2014-10-23T08:57:52Z
Abstract: This paper analyses procurement from two, risk-averse, suppliers who are responsible for the timely delivery of some inputs. Their production is subject to inherent disruptions. We characterize the optimal contracts when suppliers can invest to lower the risk of delays that are costly to the manufacturer. When investment is contractible, we show that issuing asymmetric contracts, whereby the buyer is more heavily dependent on one supplier, is optimal as the cost associated with supply disruptions increases. When investment is not contractible, we show that large orders can be used as an incentive devise. Thus, the strategy consisting of selecting one supplier as a main producer and another as a buffer has further desirable advantages under moral hazard.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP14/17
Copyright (published version): 2014 the authors
Keywords: InvestmentRiskCostly delaysOrder sizeMoral hazard
Other versions: http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/WP14_17.pdf
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
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