© 2004

Dynamic Alliance Auctions

A Mechanism for Internet-Based Transportation Markets


Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Introduction

    1. Tobias Ihde
      Pages 1-4
  3. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Tobias Ihde
      Pages 7-27
    3. Tobias Ihde
      Pages 29-47
  4. Freight Auctions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Tobias Ihde
      Pages 51-59
    3. Tobias Ihde
      Pages 61-67
  5. Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Tobias Ihde
      Pages 71-85
    3. Tobias Ihde
      Pages 87-104
    4. Tobias Ihde
      Pages 105-122
    5. Tobias Ihde
      Pages 123-127
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 129-149

About this book


The book introduces the new auction format known as ‘Dynamic Alliance Auctions’ which has been developed for Internet-based transportation marketplaces. The format allows for a packagewise placement of transportation orders even if these orders stem from different shippers. This, in turn, increases utilization of truck capacity and reduces risk for carriers. It also results in bringing down transportation prices without shrinking margins. After examining the landscape of Internet-based transportation marketplaces, the book identifies vital characteristics and needs of transportation business. The book shows how Dynamic Alliance Auctions combine ideas of matching theory, auctions and bargaining to fit these needs. Finally, the performance of this auction format is investigated analytically and experimentally using a modified private-value framework and different informational settings.


Auctions Demand Aggregation Experimental Economics Internet Internet-Based Marketplaces Transport Transportation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Abt. RIC/ENDaimlerChrysler AGBerlinGermany

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