2001 Conferences
Supply Chains



Business Perspectives on Closed-Loop Supply Chains

Sponsored by the Carnegie Bosch Institute
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA

Participation is by invitation only.

30 May - 2 June 2001

Closed-loop supply chains are supply chains that are designed to consider the acquisition and return flows of  products,   reuse activities, and the distribution of the recovered products, in addition to traditional forward flows of materials and goods. Key activities include: 
· Product acquisition 
· Reverse logistics 
· Test, sort, and grade 
· Recondition (remanufacture)
· Distribution 

This workshop focuses on the business aspects of closed-loop supply chains. This workshop aims to provide a forum where theory and state-of-the-art practice are brought together for mutual understanding. The desired outcome is a better understanding of the business aspects of the design, management and control of closed-loop logistics systems from the perspectives of research and industry needs.

To achieve this goal, working groups will be formed in a variety of topical areas to discuss current theory and industry issues. We hope to promote the formation of academic, industry, and funding agency partnerships. 

The functional areas and invited experts include:

Topic  Author(s)
Contracts/channel coordination Charles Corbett (UCLA) & 
Canan Savaskan (Northwestern University)
Design engineering  Chris Hendrickson (CMU)
Forecasting (product returns) Beril Toktay (INSEAD)
Inventory Erwin van der Laan (Erasmus University) & 
Rommert Dekker (Erasmus University)
Information technology Jo van Nunen (Erasmus University) & 
Harold Krikke (Erasmus University)
New market development  TBA
Product acquisition Luk N. Van Wassenhove (INSEAD) &
V. Daniel R. Guide, Jr. (Duquesne U.)
Production planning and control  Karl Inderfurth (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität) & Ruud Teunter (Erasmus University)
Recovery strategies  Simme Douwe Flapper (Eindhoven University) 
Reuse and technology diffusion Jonathan Linton (Polytechnic University) & 
Shantanu Bhattacharya (INSEAD)
Reuse economics  Geraldo Ferrer (UNC - Chapel Hill)
Reverse logistics practice  Ron Tibben-Lembke & Dale Rogers (U. Nevada-Reno)
RL Network structures and design  Moritz Fleischmann (Erasmus University)

Workshop Program

Day Time Activity
Wednesday, 30 May 2001, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM      Reception and dinner
Thursday,  31 May 2001, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM        Presentations and working group breakouts
Friday, 1 June 2001,  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM               Presentations and working group breakouts
Saturday,  2 June 2001, 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon      Presentations by working groups

A complete version, including times and a complete list of industry, academic, and funding agency representatives, of the workshop program will be available on the web. Attendees will be sent the web address after the program is finalized. 

A light breakfast and lunch will be served each day during the workshop. Dinner will be provided Wednesday night and Friday night.

Industry Participants (tentative)

Lucent Technology
Xerox Europe

Hotel Accommodations

Provided at no cost for each of the invited workshop attendees at the Holiday Inn - University Center. The hotel is within walking distance of Carnegie Mellon University campus.

Registration fees

          None. Each attendee's on-site expenses (excepting incidentals) will be paid for by the grant from 
          the Carnegie Bosch Institute.


This workshop is by invitation only.  If unforeseen circumstances arise that will prevent an invited participant from attending, they must contact the workshop chair immediately, so arrangements can be made for another person to attend and avoid unnecessary expenses involved in no-shows. 
Workshop Organizing Committee
Workshop Chairman and Organizer: V. Daniel R. Guide, Jr.
Duquesne University, USA

Workshop Co-Chairman: Luk N. Van Wassenhove
INSEAD, France

Workshop Sponsor: 
Carnegie Bosch Institute
Michael Trick, President
Carnegie Mellon University, USA 
Additional Support: 
School of Business Administration
James Stalder, Dean
Duquesne University, USA


The workshop will produce book consisting of chapters written by the functional experts listed above. The working groups will each produce short summaries of the key research needs for each of the areas to be included as part of the text. Each workshop attendee will be given a copy of the book at no cost. The editorial team for the book is:

V. Daniel R. Guide, Jr. (Duquesne University)
Charles Corbett (UCLA)
Rommert Dekker (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Luk N. Van Wassenhove (INSEAD)

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