Thursday, June 25, 2015

First Review of Our Book, Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products, and It Is Great!

In my previous blogpost, I wrote about books that I am reading this summer, and I mentioned that one of the books that I had read (all 21 chapters of it) was the Handbook of Global Logistics, edited by James H. Bookbinder. I reviewed this book for the European Journal of Operational Research.

Authors always anxiously await reviews of their books and I certainly am no different.

My most recent book (I am writing another one), which was published by Springer in 2013, is Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products. It was co-authored with two of my former doctoral students, Min Yu, who is a Professor at the School of Business at the University of Portland, and Professor Amir H. Masoumi, who is a Professor at the School of Business at Manhattan College, along with "the other Professor Nagurney," my husband, Ladimer S. Nagurney, who is a Professor of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Hartford.
The first review of our book is in and it was written by Professor Anna Corinna Cagliano of the Department of Management and Production Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy. The review was published in the Taylor and Francis journal, Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations.

You can read the first page of the review online here. The first page overviews the organization of the book and its contents. On the second page of the review,  Professor Cagliano writes: In my opinion, this book is a valid contribution to the discipline of supply chain management in the time-sensitive product field because it provides a systematic and analytic framework of analysis which actually lacks in the existing literature.

Professor Cagliano also says in her review of our book: Both researchers and practitioners might benefit from reading the book. As a matter of fact, it can guide researchers in advancing knowledge about the topic by developing network problems and deriving associated solutions in various supply chain and competitive environments. In this way, they can define approaches that specifically capture the perishable and time-sensitive properties of products and services and the impacts they have on supply chain dynamics. 

In addition, according to Professor Cagliano:  Practitioners, not only in the analysed industries, but also in other sectors, can find the present work as useful reference in understanding the structure and the behaviour of their supply chains and formulating appropriate management strategies to either establish or retain a competitive advantage in complex global marketplaces. To this end, they can be inspired by the numerous numerical examples and case studies provided by the book.

My co-authors and I are very appreciative of Professor Cagliano's careful reading of our book and of her appreciation and understanding of its contributions. We thank her accordingly.