"A well-structured book to explain the importance of supply chain management (SCM) with a focus on the design and operation of the supply chain system. Multi criteria decision making models are utilized to cope with conflicting objectives such as profit maximization, risk minimization, and customer demand satisfaction. ... This book is a valuable contribution in which multi criteria decision making solution approaches are utilized in order to deal with conflicting objectives of supply chain management with a focus on both design and planning. It is a self-contained guide and an essential source of information for any academician or practitioner especially interested in supply chain management and multi criteria decision making domain. One can learn the necessary approaches and procedures for performing the success towards profitable management considering efficiency, risk, and responsiveness in supply chain management."
—Can B. Kalayci, Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Pamukkale University, Turkey
Dr. A. Ravi Ravindran has been a professor and past department head of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University since 1997. Formerly, he was a faculty member in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University for 13 years and at the University of Oklahoma for 15 years. At Oklahoma, he served as the director of the School of Industrial Engineering for eight years and as the associate provost of the university for seven years with responsibility for budget, personnel, and space for the academic area. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in electrical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. His post-graduate degrees are from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a master of science and doctoral degree in industrial engineering and operations research.
Dr. Ravindran’s area of specialization is operations research with interests in multiple criteria decision making, financial engineering, healthcare delivery systems, and supply chain optimization.