Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems

Flexible Shift Planning in the Service Industry

The Case of Physicians in Hospitals

Authors: Brunner, Jens O.

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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.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Flexible Shift Planning in the Service Industry
Book Subtitle
The Case of Physicians in Hospitals
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems
Series Volume
640
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-10517-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-10517-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-10516-6
Series ISSN
0075-8442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 117
Number of Illustrations and Tables
25 b/w illustrations
Topics