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Title: A fuzzy MICMAC analysis for improving supply chain performance of basic vaccines in developing countries
Authors: Chandra D.
Kumar, Dinesh Senthil
Published in: Expert Review of Vaccines
Abstract: Introduction: In recent years, demand to improve child immunization coverage globally, and the development of the latest vaccines and technology has made the vaccine market very complex. The rise in such complexities often gives birth to numerous issues in the vaccine supply chain, which are the primary cause of its poor performance. Figuring out the cause of the performance problem can help you decide how to address it. The goal of the present study is to identify and analyze important issues in the supply chain of basic vaccines required for child immunization in the developing countries. Research Design & Methods: Twenty-five key issues as various factors of the vaccine supply chain have been presented in this paper. Fuzzy MICMAC analysis has been carried out to classify the factors based on their driving and dependence power and to develop a hierarchy based model. Further, the findings have been discussed with the field experts to identify the critical factors. Results & Conclusion: Three factors: better demand forecast, communication between the supply chain members, and proper planning and scheduling have been identified as the critical factors of vaccine supply chain. These factors should be given special care to improve vaccine supply chain performance. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Citation: Expert Review of Vaccines, 17(3): 263-281
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd
Keywords: developing countries
fuzzy MICMAC
supply chain
ISSN: 14760584
Author Scopus IDs: 57197728001
Author Affiliations: Chandra, D., Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India
Kumar, D., Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India
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Corresponding Author: Chandra, D.; Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, India; email:
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