Workforce supply and facility location

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dc.contributor Addy, Samuel N.
dc.contributor Keskin, Burcu Baris
dc.contributor McManus, Denise J.
dc.contributor.advisor Sox, Charles R.
dc.contributor.advisor Mittenthal, John
dc.contributor.author Palmer, Nathan Curtis
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:21:50Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:21:50Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000133
dc.identifier.other Palmer_alatus_0004D_10223
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/640
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract It is important for every company to minimize its costs. This includes labor costs. We develop mathematical models that allow a company to minimize its labor costs by deciding from where to hire workers and the amount that will be paid to those workers within a similar region. These decisions are particularly important when the company has multiple facilities that compete amongst themselves for labor resources. In areas that are experiencing economic growth or in developing countries labor resources are limited and labor decisions are critical. With this motivation, this work investigates the labor and facility location decisions of a company that has decided to build many new facilities in close proximity to each other. One example is a large manufacturing firm that seeks simultaneously to locate a new assembly plant and supplier facilities. Concentrating all, or much, of the supply chain together will cause already limited labor resources to be depleted even further. Higher wages are paid and higher labor costs are incurred by the company, as a result. On the other hand, greater transportation costs are incurred as the distances between the plant and its suppliers increase. For each of the supply chain facilities, the location of the facility, the labor markets from which to hire workers, and the wages offered must be determined. While considering these decisions, another potential factor in choosing the location for each facility is the cost of the site. This dissertation introduces this real-world problem, formulates it mathematically, and provides managerial insights for companies faced with these decisions.
dc.format.extent 126 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Operations Research
dc.subject.other Economics, Commerce-Business
dc.subject.other Business Administration, Management
dc.title Workforce supply and facility location
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Information Systems, Statistics, and Management Science
etdms.degree.discipline Operations Management
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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