Most productive scale size versus demand fulfillment: A solution to the capacity dilemma

Chia Yen Lee

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The field of economics associates capacity planning with economic scale size and finds the characteristics of the production function whereas the operations management community focuses on demand fulfillment to reduce the loss of sales or inventory for profit maximization. However, there is a troublesome capacity trade-off for firms that need to achieve economic scale size and demand fulfillment simultaneously; in particular, a firm's demand is variable and some of the variation is random. This study proposes a multi-objective mathematical program with data envelopment analysis (DEA) constraints to set an efficient target which shows a trade-off between the most-productive-scale-size (MPSS) benchmark and a potential demand fulfillment benchmark. The study also employs the minimax regret (MMR) approach and the stochastic programming (SP) technique to address target variations caused by demand fluctuations. The result shows how capacity planning via the proposed models can help managers address the capacity dilemma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-962
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management

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