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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Boris Khilko
Development of Strategies for Cooperation of Supply Chain Contractors Using Multi-agent Computer Modeling Methods
Strategic Management in Logistics
(Master’s programme)
2018
Supply chain collaboration is considered to be the main driving force of supply chain success. In practice,

however, ideal supply chain collaboration is difficult to achieve. In particular, a factor that is presumed to

hinder collaboration is competition between firms. Even though several studies suggest that competition

benefits supply chains, other studies come to the opposite conclusion. In order to address this issue, this

paper proposes an agent-based modeling approach to understand how competition and collaboration

between firms affects supply chains in the market in which they operate. The model represents customers,

manufacturers, and suppliers collaborating and competing in a supply chain strategic space. Preliminary

results presented in this paper are reported for the purpose of illustration. These show that it is the

bounded-rationality of each agent that drives the emergent outcomes, and that the market structure is

determined primarily by competitive behavior and not by demand.

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