A Comparison of Resource Allocation and Activity Scheduling Rules in a Dynamic Multi-Project Environment
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.
Journal of Operations Management
Yang, Kum Khiong and Sum, C. C..
A Comparison of Resource Allocation and Activity Scheduling Rules in a Dynamic Multi-Project Environment. (1993). Journal of Operations Management. 11, (2), 207-218. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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