This dissertation studies the impact of uncertainty and competition on a firm’s decision making in the field of operations management. First, I investigate the dynamics of a firm’s decision. Second, I investigate how competition between supply chain players changes the dynamics of a firm’s decisions. I focus on three specific decision areas: (1) capacity planning at the strategic and tactic levels (2) anti-counterfeiting strategies at the tactic level; and (3) risk management for long field-life systems at the operational level. Our main generic research questions are as follows: (a) how should a firm make its capacity investment decisions in a competitive market, considering the changing demand? (b) how can a firm compete against counterfeiters in a global supply chain? (c) how should a firm that purchases parts manage end-of-supply risk of these parts, considering the changing supply and demand?

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M.B.M. de Koster (René) , R. Dekker (Rommert) , R.A. Zuidwijk (Rob)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management
Department of Technology and Operations Management

Li, X. (2019, January 11). Dynamic Decision Making under Supply Chain Competition (No. 2018-EPS-466-LIS). ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from