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POSTPONED - "Information Sharing and Supply Chain Performance: Evidence from the Neglected Tropical Diseases Preventative Chemotherapy Supply Chain" --Talk by Dr. Yufei Huang (Trinity College Dublin) Event

15:00 - 17:00
23 April 2020
Building 2, Room 3043, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, SO17 1BJ

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Event details

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) contribute billions of donated medicines to Mass Drug Administrations (MDAs) in support of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s “Roadmap to Implementation,” which outlines targets to control, eliminate, and eradicate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The supply chain to deliver these medications is challenging due to the many stakeholders and partnerships involved, and more complicated by delivery to remote destinations in developing countries. In September 2016, an online supply chain performance measurement system (SCPMS), “NTDeliver,” was launched to aggregate and share data to enhance information sharing and transparency. This paper empirically studies whether and how the introduction of SCPMS can improve the performance of the humanitarian pharmaceutical donation supply chain for NTDs. We collect a secondary data set from SCPMS and use regression models to empirically study the impact of information sharing on the performance of NTD Supply Chain. We find that information sharing via SCPMS can improve delivery timeliness and demand forecasting accuracy, but this impact may vary across different countries or disease types. Our results may help WHO, the pharmaceutical companies and the related countries to better manage the pharmaceutical donation supply chain for NTDs and may consequently shorten waiting time for the patients in these countries.

Research conducted by:

Yufei Huang- Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin

Elena Kasparis- Department of Health, University of Bath

Bill Lin- Department of Health, University of Bath

Christos Vasilakis- School of Management, University of Bath



Speaker information

Dr Yufei Huang, Trinity College Dublin, is an Associate Professor in Operations Management at Trinity Business School. Yufei joined Trinity Business School in 2018. Prior to Trinity, he was an Assistant Professor at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK. Yufei received PhD in Management from UCL School of Management in the UK, MS in Physics and BBA in Marketing from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. Yufei’s research focuses on new product development and launch, supply chain management and quantitative marketing. His work has appeared in top management journals, such as Production and Operations Management, Human Relations, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Industrial Marketing Management and International Journal of Production Research. He regularly serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for various academic journals and book publishers. Yufei is passionate about teaching and has teaching experience at various levels, i.e., undergraduate, master and MBA, with broad topics, i.e., Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics, Data Analytics and Project Management, and in different universities, i.e., Trinity, University of Bath, UCL, LBS and LSE.

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