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16th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE 2007) (2007)
Paris, France
June 18, 2007 to June 20, 2007
ISSN: 1524-4547
ISBN: 0-7695-2879-1
pp: 379-380
ABSTRACT
Conventional mechanisms for planning supply networks are largely manual and target stable network configurations. For example, rapid delivery times are achieved by co-locating suppliers in "supplier parks" next to the client's manufacturing facilities, but this locks smaller suppliers to the client. More flexibility is provided by the Fourth-Generation Logistics providers, but they also work from the perspective of one manufacturer and not for the benefit of the whole network. Supply networks evolution is also conducted in a haphazard manner, and any run-time disturbances to transport arrangements are dealt with manually. Researchers (e.g. TeleTruck [1], MaBE [3]) have approached this problem using run-time bottom-up aggregation of orders and service bundling. This achieves flexibility at run-time, but sacrifices optimality of solutions due to the short time for seeking partnerships, and increased transaction costs.
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M. R. Carpenter, N. D. Mehandjiev and I. D. Stalker, "Activity Coordination for Flexible Processes in Instant Virtual Enterprises," 16th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE 2007)(WETICE), Paris, France, 2007, pp. 379-380.
doi:10.1109/WETICE.2007.117
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