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The Mexico-China Sourcing Game: Teaching Global Dual Sourcing

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  • Gad Allon

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    (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208)

  • Jan A. Van Mieghem

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    (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208)

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    We describe a three-hour class on global dual sourcing built around a game that demonstrates the challenges in making operational decisions, and transfers recent academic insights to the classroom. Student teams manage a firm with access to a responsive but expensive supply source (Mexico) and a cheap but remote source (China). Each team must determine a sourcing strategy to satisfy random demand that is revealed throughout the game. In each period, teams place orders to both sources and manage two assets: inventory and their bank account. The goal is to maximize each team's value (final bank balance). During the debriefings, we analyze the policies used by different teams along both financial and operational metrics, present the optimal strategy, and summarize the experiential learning points.

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    File URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/ited.1100.0045
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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal INFORMS Transactions on Education.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (May)
    Pages: 105-112

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:orited:v:10:y:2010:i:3:p:105-112
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