Publications Database

Welcome to the new Schulich Peer-Reviewed Publication Database!

The database is currently in beta-testing and will be updated with more features as time goes on. In the meantime, stakeholders are free to explore our faculty’s numerous works. The left-hand panel affords the ability to search by the following:

  • Faculty Member’s Name;
  • Area of Expertise;
  • Whether the Publication is Open-Access (free for public download);
  • Journal Name; and
  • Date Range.

At present, the database covers publications from 2012 to 2020, but will extend further back in the future. In addition to listing publications, the database includes two types of impact metrics: Altmetrics and Plum. The database will be updated annually with most recent publications from our faculty.

If you have any questions or input, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Search Results

Kayyali-Elalem, Yara. and Bicer, I. and Seifert, R. W. (2022). "Why Do Companies Need Operational Flexibility to Reduce Waste at Source?", Sustainability, 14, 1:367.

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Abstract We analyze the environmental benefits of operational flexibility that emerge in the form of less product waste during the sourcing process by reducing overproduction. We consider three different options for operational flexibility: (1) lead-time reduction, (2) quantity-flexibility contracts, and (3) multiple sourcing. We use a multiplicative demand process to model the evolutionary dynamics of demand uncertainty. We then quantify the impact of key modeling parameters for each operational-flexibility strategy on the waste ratio, which is measured as the ratio of excess inventory when a certain operational-flexibility strategy is employed to the amount when an offshore supplier is utilized without any operational flexibility. We find that the lead-time reduction strategy has the maximum capability to reduce waste in the sourcing process of buyers, followed by the quantity-flexibility and multiple-sourcing strategies, respectively. Thus, our results indicate that operational-flexibility strategies that rely on the localization of production are key to reducing waste and improving environmental sustainability at source.