2500 words, 10 references, harvard referencing style (At least one of the selected articles should be published after 2010)
Step 1: Identify and Solve a Typical Problem
There are a number of typical models in the Operations Research field which can be applied to a wide range of
supply chain problems. Select one of the following typical models:
Travelling Salesperson Problem (TSP)
Multiple Traveling Salesman Problem (mTSP)
Vehicle Routing Problems (VRP)
Job Shop Scheduling
Parallel Machine Scheduling
Christmas lunch problem
Pickup and delivery
Travelling thief problem
Eight queens problem
Minimum Spanning Tree
Hamiltonian path problem
Provide a detailed explanation of the selected problem.
Provide typical mathematical model of the selected problem and clearly explain different aspects of the
model (e.g. decision variable, objective function, constraints, etc.)
1.3. Solving an Example
Develop a mathematical model for a workable and reasonable size of the problem.
– For many typical problems, when size of the problem increases, it becomes NP-Hard. In other words,
your computer will not be able to solve it mathematically. Therefore, ‘workable and reasonable size’
here means that size of the selected problem should not be too small or too large.
Solve the problem in Excel and transfer your solution to Word. It is required that details and steps of
getting the solution are provided in the Word document.
Interpret the findings and discuss.
Step 2: LR on Application of Selected Typical Model in Design and Analysis of Supply Chain
Identify at least 5 peer reviewed articles in which your selected typical problem has been employed to
address knowledge gaps in supply chain field.
– At least one of the selected articles should be published after 2010.
Write a comprehensive literature review on the application of “your selected” typical model in design and
analysis of supply chain and address the following (but not limited to) points:
– What type of problems in supply chain can be addressed by the selected typical problem?
– Compare similarities and differences of selected articles.
– Discuss the suitability of using the selected typical model in design/analysis of various supply chains.
– What are the limitations of your selected typical problem?
– Undertaking any additional critical and/or content analysis on the application of selected typical
problem in design and analysis of supply chain is highly recommended.
Step 3: Summary of Findings
A summary of findings regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the selected typical problem in design
and analysis of supply chain should be summarised in this section.
From each article something unique should be explained in the report.
Word limit: 2500 ± 500 words
you are required to use the Harvard referencing system.
The naming convention for both Word and Excel files is: ‘Student Number_Student Name’. Both Word
and Excel files should be uploaded to the Canvas.