IT support for managing aircraft spares in a closed-loop supply chain

Michael MacDonnell, Benjamin T. Clegg

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


This paper reports on the development of elements of an e-supply chain management system for managing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) relationships in the aerospace industry. A standard systems development methodology has been followed to produce a process model (i.e. the AMSCR model); an information model (i.e. business rules) and a computerised information management capability (i.e. automated optimisation). The proof of concept for this web-based MRO supply chain system has been established through the collaboration with a sample of the different types of supply chain members. The proven benefit is a reduction in the stock-holding costs for the whole supply chain whilst also minimising non-flying time of the aircraft that the supply chain supports. This type of system is now vital in an industry that has continuously decreasing profit margins, which in turn means pressure to reduce servicing times and increase the interval between maintenance actions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging trends and challenges in information technology management
EditorsMehdi Khosrow-Pour
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-59904-019-6
Publication statusUnpublished - 2006
EventInformation Resources Management Association International Conference - Washington DC, United States
Duration: 21 May 200624 May 2006


ConferenceInformation Resources Management Association International Conference
Abbreviated titleIRMA 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington DC


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