Agents and Multi-Agent Systems in Supply Chain Management: An Overview

Agents and Multi-Agent Systems in Supply Chain Management: An Overview

Pericles A. Mitkas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and Paraskevi Nikolaidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-648-8.ch013
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This chapter discusses the current state-of-the-art of agents and multi-agent systems (MAS) in supply chain management (SCM). Following a general description of SCM and the challenges it is currently ed with we present MAS as a possible solution to these challenge. We argue that an application involving multiple autonomous actors, such as SCM, can best be served by a software paradigm that relies on multiple independent software entities, like agents. The most significant current trends in this area and focusing on potential areas of further research. Furthermore, the authors believe that a clearer view on the current state-of-the-art and future extension will help researchers improve existing standards and solve remaining issues, eventually helping MAS-based SCM systems to replace legacy ERP software, but also give a boost on both areas of research separately.

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Chapter 1
Chrysanthi E. Georgakarakou, Anastasios A. Economides
This chapter provides an overview of the rapidly evolving area of software agents and presents the basic aspects of applying the agent technology to... Sample PDF
Software Agent Technology: An Overview
Chapter 2
Fani A. Tzima, Pericles A. Mitkas
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Web Services Technology: An Overview
Chapter 3
Sobah Abbas Petersen, Jinghai Rao, Mihhail Matskin
This chapter describes the use of software agents and Web Services to support the formation of Virtual Enterprises. The partners of a Virtual... Sample PDF
Virtual Enterprise Formation Supported by Agents and Web Services
Chapter 4
Adomas Svirskas, Bob Roberts, Ioannis Ignatiadis
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach in general and the Web services technology in particular enable creation of business applications from... Sample PDF
Adaptive Service Choreography Support in Virtual Enterprises
Chapter 5
Maria Manuela Cunha, Goran D. Putnik, Joaquim Pereira da Silva, José Paulo Oliveira Santos
The Agile/Virtual Enterprise (A/V E) model is considered a highly dynamic version of the Virtual Enterprise (VE) model, and its implementation... Sample PDF
Technologies to Support the Market of Resources as an Infrastructure for Agile/Virtual Enterprise Integration
Chapter 6
Dimitrios Tektonidis, Albert Bokma
Integrating enterprise system has become an issue of sharing information rather than transforming information due to the increasing complexity and... Sample PDF
The Utilization of Semantic Web for Integrating Enterprise Systems
Chapter 7
Renata S.S. Guizzardi, Pablo Gomes Ludermir, Diego Sona
To remain competitive, virtual enterprises depend on effective Knowledge Management (KM). On the other hand, KM is deeply affected by the... Sample PDF
A Recommender Agent to Support Knowledge Sharing in Virtual Enterprises
Chapter 8
Yee Ming Chen, Shih-Chang Wang
Virtual enterprise oriented projects need the support of distributed project management system which concerns the collaboration of different... Sample PDF
Framework of Agent-Based Intelligent System for Distributed Virtual Enterprise Project Control
Chapter 9
Bob Roberts, Adamantios Koumpis
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Sharing Views, Information, and Cross-Enterprise Culture in the Corporate Situation Room
Chapter 10
Eduardo H. Ramírez, Ramón F. Brena
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Multi-Agent Systems Integration in Enterprise Environments Using Web Services
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Jürgen Dorn, Peter Hrastnik, Albert Rainer
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Web Service Discovery and Composition for Virtual Enterprises
Chapter 12
Ali Bahrami
Project management tools are used to manage projects from time as well as from resource leveling perspectives. Workflow management systems guide... Sample PDF
Achieving Agile Enterprise Through Integrated Process Management: From Planning to Work Execution
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Pericles A. Mitkas, Paraskevi Nikolaidou
This chapter discusses the current state-of-the-art of agents and multi-agent systems (MAS) in supply chain management (SCM). Following a general... Sample PDF
Agents and Multi-Agent Systems in Supply Chain Management: An Overview
Chapter 14
Dimitris Folinas, Tania Pavlou, Bill Karakostas, Vicky Manthou
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A Conceptual Framework for Business Process Modeling in Virtual Organizations
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Ioannis N. Athanasiadis
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Towards a Virtual Enterprise Architecture for the Environmental Sector
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Yuri Demchenko
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Using VO Concept for Managing Dynamic Security Associations
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Interoperability Middleware for Federated Business Services in Web-Pilarcos
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Web-Based Template-Driven Communication Support Systems: Using Shadow netWorkspace to Support Trust Development in Virtual Teams
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