ESSAYS IN PRODUCT ACQUISITION IN CLOSED-LOOP SUPPLY CHAINS

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Author:
Mutha, Akshay Kiran
Graduate Program:
Business Administration
Degree:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Dissertation
Date of Defense:
February 13, 2018
Committee Members:
  • V. Daniel R. Guide Jr. , Dissertation Advisor
  • V. Daniel R. Guide Jr. , Committee Chair
  • Saurabh Bansal, Committee Member
  • Jason Andrew Acimovic, Committee Member
  • M. Jeya Chandra, Outside Member
Keywords:
  • Remanufacturing
  • Closed-loop supply chains
  • servicizing
  • operations management
Abstract:
The essays in this dissertation analyze the process of acquiring used products for remanufacturing operations. The dissertation has three papers. The first paper (Chapter 2) discusses the product acquisition strategy of a third party remanufacturer (3PR). The decisions regarding the quality, quantity, and timing of acquiring used products are analyzed in this paper. The second paper (Chapter 3) discusses the selling strategy of a supplier selling used products to a 3PR. The decisions of selling prices and the assortment of used products that the supplier should offer to the 3PR are analyzed. The third paper (Chapter 4) considers an OEM who designs, manufactures, leases, and remanufactures capital-intensive products that can be used for multiple lifecycles. The paper discusses the tension between accounting profits and financial profits arising due to remanufacturing operations. Chapters 5, 6, and 7 contain the supplemental material for Chapters 2, 3, and 4, respectively.