A Review of Research of Coordination Approaches in Distributed Production Systems

A Review of Research of Coordination Approaches in Distributed Production Systems

Paolo Renna (University of Basilicata, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2098-8.ch006
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The increasing of global competition and the need for rapid response to market changes drive manufacturing enterprises to adopt new business models. This chapter examines the recent years of research developed in the field of coordination approaches to support distributed production systems. The papers discussed concern the period of 2004-2010 published in international ISI journals. The research articles are classified according to nine fields of research: operational research models; collaborative architecture; negotiation and bargaining models; capacity exchange; revenue sharing; chemical engineering; electronic approach; general review; case study. The analysis of the literature highlights that the articles are distributed uniformly over the years analyzed. The most fields investigated are the collaborative architecture and operational research models, while emerging fields are the chemical engineering and revenue sharing based approaches. The discussion underlines the limitation of the literature and suggests the directions for future research.
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Research Methodology

The aim of this research is to classify cooperation in distribution production systems research conducted over recent years. Moreover, the research intended to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the literature themes investigated and the emergence of new themes, and trends in publication quantity. Articles for analysis were gathered from leading information system journals for the 5 year period 2004–2009 including the first part of 2010.

The number of journals selected was to 115 containing coordination tool in distributed production systems. Table 1 reports the list of journals that contains at least two papers dealing with the coordination in distribution production systems.

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