A co-evolutionary perspective on distributed manufacturing

Dekkers, R. (2010) A co-evolutionary perspective on distributed manufacturing. In: Kühnle, H. (ed.) Distributed Manufacturing: Paradigm, Concepts, Solutions and Examples. Springer: London, pp. 29-50. ISBN 9781848827066 (doi:10.1007/978-1-84882-707-3_3)

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Research into Distributed Manufacturing has embraced the challenges facing industrial networks. Existing strands of research into networks often explore social-dynamic relationships and contractual aspects, thereby ignoring the underlying dynamics based on the characteristics: collaboration, decentralisation of decision-making and interorganisational integration, all pointing to mutual relationships in which co-evolution has gained a prominent place for modelling. Essential to the modelling of co-evolution is the combined development of agents involved, expressed by the factor for connected traits in the NK[C] model. However, in this model co-evolution happens in semi-static landscapes, which hardly exist in the reality of industry. Hence, more advanced game-theoretic applications might serve as a foundation for understanding the development of networks since these describe the interactions between agents. This chapter expands on coevolutionary models and includes the autonomous development of agents in a network, the connectivity between agents and the dynamic forms of collaboration and communication to advance research in Distributed Manufacturing.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dekkers, Dr Rob
Authors: Dekkers, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management

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