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Title: Palm biomass supply management : a predictive analysis tool
Author: Tang, Jiang Ping
ISNI:       0000 0004 7233 9177
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2018
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The flourishing of oil palm industry has always been regarded as a double-edged sword. While it has significantly contributed to the economic growth, it is, nonetheless, disputably unsustainable as it is a land-intensive industry and causing disposal problems by leaving behind massive waste. To strengthening the industry’s competitive advantage and offsetting its drawbacks, this thesis presents a forward-looking framework – Biomass Supply Value Chain (BSVC)– to put emphasis on the value creation for the biomass industry. It aims to enhance the current biomass supply chain by harnessing the emerging technological advancement of artificial intelligence (AI), as well as by incorporating game theory to examine the strategic arrangement of the industry players. The proposed framework is capable of optimising the procurement process in the supply chain management: first, by identifying biomass properties for optimum biomass utilisation through the developed Biomass Characteristic Index (BCI); second, by applying AI into supply chain-related tasks for aiding better decision-making and problem-solving; and third, by adopting game theory in analysing strategic options, and providing appropriate strategies to minimise uncertainty and risk in procurement process. The “value” as suggested in the BSVC does not merely refer to a narrow economic sense, but is an all-encompassing value concerning non-monetary utility values, including sustainability, environmental preservation and the appreciation of the biomass industry.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: TP Chemical technology