Multiagent Model for Supply Chain Management

  • Borja Ponte BlancoEmail author
  • Raúl Pino Díez
  • Isabel Fernández Quesada
  • Nazario García Fernández
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Management and Industrial Engineering book series (LNMIE)


There are several circumstances which, in the last two decades, have granted the Supply Chain Management (SCM) a strategic role in the search for competitive advantage. Thus, this paper applies multiagent methodology to optimize the management. We represent the supply chain as a Global Multiagent System, composed of four Multiagent Subsystems, which replicate the behavior of the different levels of the supply chain. Thereby, each member has its own decision-making capacity and seeks to optimize the performance of the supply chain. We will tackle the problem from two complementary perspectives: reducing the Bullwhip Effect, which can be considered as one of the main sources of inefficiencies in the SCM, and minimizing management costs, both from a non collaborative approach, where each level seeks the best solution for himself, and from a collaborative approach, where each level negotiates with the rest looking for the best solution for the whole supply chain.


Supply chain Bullwhip effect Multiagent systems Time series forecasting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Borja Ponte Blanco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Raúl Pino Díez
    • 1
  • Isabel Fernández Quesada
    • 1
  • Nazario García Fernández
    • 1
  1. 1.Grupo de Ingeniería de Organización, Dpto. de Administración de Empresas, Escuela Politéc, de Ingeniería de GijónUniversidad de OviedoGijónSpain

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