Modelling facility location problems in emerging markets: The case of the public healthcare sector in Morocco

Asmae El Mokrini, Youssef Boulaksil, Abdelaziz Berrado

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Abstract

Locating facilities in an emerging market involves specific characteristics that are different from developed countries. The differences between these two settings suggest that facility location modelling can present substantially different challenges when applied to an emerging market as opposed to a developed country. In this study, we develop a variant of the set covering model that explicitly takes specific characteristics into consideration. The model has been constructed and validated based on a real-life case study concerning the Moroccan Ministry of Health which is currently considering the redesign of its supply chain of pharmaceutical products. Amongst the findings, this paper shows that road infrastructure and demand dispersion affect the strategic decision of facility locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-111
Number of pages12
JournalOperations and Supply Chain Management
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Emerging economies
  • Facility location
  • Healthcare
  • Supply chain (re-)design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management

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