The impact of forecasting on operational performances: mediation effects through flexibility

Matteo Giacomo Maria Kalchschmidt, Yvan Nieto, Gerald Reiner

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingContribution to conference proceedings


Literature has devoted increasing attention to the problem of supply and demand management in uncertain contexts. Only limited contributions, however, can be found regarding the interaction between forecasting and flexibility enablers to manage demand as well as regarding the flexibility enablers’ effect on company performance. We will discuss the impacts of flexibility and forecasting on dynamic interactions. The aim of this work is to study the mediation effect of forecasting through flexibility enablers on company performance, i.e., customer satisfaction and cost efficiency. Our results provide evidence that the relationship between forecasting and customer satisfaction is mainly due to process flow management, while the relationship with cost efficiency is mainly due to layout.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th International Annual EurOMA Conference: Implementation –realizing Operations Management knowledge
Editors Chalmers University of Technology
Place of PublicationGöteborg, Sweden
Pages1 - 10
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 102009 Computer simulation
  • 502052 Business administration
  • 502012 Industrial management
  • 211
  • 502017 Logistics
  • 502032 Quality management

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