Title

A Comparison of Resource Allocation and Activity Scheduling Rules in a Dynamic Multi-Project Environment

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1993

Abstract

The use of a dual-level structure in managing the use of resources in a multi-project environment involves 2 sets of decisions. Resource allocation decisions, usually controlled by a central authority, determine the allocation of resources among projects such that resources are allocated to the critical projects. Once assigned to a project, the resources are managed by an independent project manager who schedules the activities within his project using only the resources assigned to him. Analysis is presented of the relative performance of 4 resource allocation priority rules and 6 resource transfer rules in conjunction with 2 activity scheduling rules. The results show that the first in system first served resource allocation priority rule dominates over the other 3 proposed resource allocation priority rules with the lowest project tardiness, flowtime, and lateness standard deviation. The minimum late finish activity scheduling rule is shown to perform better than the minimum slack activity scheduling rule.

Discipline

Business

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

Journal of Operations Management

Volume

11

Issue

2

First Page

207

Last Page

218

ISSN

0272-6963

Identifier

10.1016/0272-6963(93)90023-I

Publisher

Elsevier