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Handling the complexities of real-life job shops when implementing workload control: a decision framework and case study

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Handling the complexities of real-life job shops when implementing workload control : a decision framework and case study. / Cransberg, Victor; Land, Martin; Hicks, Chris; Stevenson, Mark.

In: International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 54, No. 4, 02.2016, p. 1094-1109.

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Cransberg, Victor ; Land, Martin ; Hicks, Chris ; Stevenson, Mark. / Handling the complexities of real-life job shops when implementing workload control : a decision framework and case study. In: International Journal of Production Research. 2016 ; Vol. 54, No. 4. pp. 1094-1109.

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