Integrated autonomy: a modelling-based investigation of agrifood supply chain performance

Bryceson, Kim P. and Slaughter, Geoff (2009) Integrated autonomy: a modelling-based investigation of agrifood supply chain performance. In: 11th International Conference on Computer Modelling and Simulation (UKSim 2009), 25-27 Mar 2009, Cambridge, England.

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The success of supply chains, whether they are whole-of-industry chains or internal business chains, depends on integration, coordination, communication and cooperation. However, one of the key issues faced by enterprises within a supply chain is the tendency for each component in the supply chain to have different goals – particularly since each component is very often an autonomous business unit. This situation can, and very often does, result in a lack of integration, coordination, communication and thus cooperation.
This paper describes the use of agent based modeling techniques to investigate whether the distributed computing concept of Integrated Autonomy could also be promoted as a business strategy for managing agri-food supply chains in order to increase efficiencies and coordination across the chain.
The results of modeling two different supply chain scenarios in both an industry and in an enterprise environment indicate that IA as a concept can be translated into a practical management strategy with associated performance metrics aimed at increasing efficiencies, coordination and communication across supply chains.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2009 05:32
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 04:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: supply chain; performance metrics; modeling; communication; management, integrated autonomy
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150309 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 83 Animal Production and Animal Primary Products > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830301 Beef Cattle
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/UKSIM.2009.42

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