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Dharmapriya, S., Kiridena, S. & Shukla, N. (2018). Modelling sustainable supply networks with adaptive agents. 2018 International Conference on Production and Operations Management Society, POMS 2018 (pp. 1-8). United States: IEEE.


This paper proposes a multi-agent modelling approach that supports supply network configuration decisions towards sustaining operations excellence in terms of economic, business continuity and environmental performance. Two types of agents are employed, namely, physical agents to represent supply entities and auxiliary agents to deal with supply network configuration decisions. While using the evolutionary algorithm, Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm-II to optimize both cost and lead time at the supply network level, agents are modelled with an architecture which consists of decision-making, learning and communication modules. The physical agents make decisions considering varying situations to suit specific product-market profiles thereby generating alternative supply network configurations. These supply network configurations are then evaluated against a set of performance metrics, including the energy consumption of the supply chain processes concerned and the transportation distances between supply entities. Simulation results generated through the application of this approach to a refrigerator production network show that the selected supply network configurations are capable of meeting intended sustainable goals while catering to the respective product-market profiles.



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