Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal

, Volume 22, Issue 3–4, pp 183–213 | Cite as

Collaborative fractal-based supply chain management based on a trust model for the automotive industry



In the supply chain of the automotive industry, where the procurement ratio of parts from partners is very high, the trustworthiness of partners should be considered during supply chain optimization. In this paper, to deal with the trust issue related to collaboration and reduce the computational load in production planning, we develop a collaborative fractal-based supply chain management framework for the automotive industry. In our framework, the relationships between the participants of a supply chain are modeled as a fractal. Each fractal has a goal model and generates a production plan of its participants based on the goal model. The goal model of each fractal is developed from an operational perspective to consider the trust value of participants during production planning. A fuzzy trust evaluation model is used to evaluate the trust value in terms of numerical value. To validate the developed framework in the automotive industry, simulations are conducted. The results of the simulations indicate that our framework can be useful in generating precise production plans.


Supply chain management Automotive industry Trust evaluation Collaborative fractal-based supply chain management (c-fSCM) 



This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (2009-0077660 and 2009-0087861). The authors would like to express their gratitude for this support. We also thank the editor and anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Management EngineeringPOSTECHPohangRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Industrial EngineeringPusan National UniversityBusanRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.School of Technology ManagementUNISTUlsanRepublic of Korea

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