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Author Brunner, Jens O.

Title Flexible shift planning in the service industry : the case of physicians in hospitals / Jens O. Brunner
Published Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 117 pages) : illustrations
Series Lecture notes in economics and mathematical systems, 0075-8442 ; 640
Lecture notes in economics and mathematical systems ; 640
Contents Literature review on personnel scheduling -- MIP model for flexible shift scheduling of physicians -- Solution methodologies
Summary The book presents new ideas to model and solve the flexible shift planning problem of personnel workers in the service industry. First, a new modeling approach is proposed that requires shifts to be generated implicitly rather than employing a predefined set of shift types like three 8-hour or two 12-hour shifts to cover varying forecast demand. The objective is to minimize the total cost of the assignments given the general and individual labor restrictions. Second, to find high quality assignments two solution methodologies are presented. A heuristic decomposition strategy decomposes the problem into weekly subproblems whereas a branch-and-price algorithm that uses several branching rules decomposes the model by worker types. The master problem uses a set covering formulation whereas the subproblems are mixed integer programs. The modeling and solution methodologies are developed and tested using the example of physicians from an anesthesia department of a German university hospital
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 111-117)
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Subject Shift systems -- Mathematical models.
Industrial management -- Mathematical models.
Physicians -- Time management -- Mathematical models -- Case studies.
Hospitals -- Employees -- Time management -- Mathematical models -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009943836
ISBN 9783642105173
Other Titles Case of physicians in hospitals