Fractals, complexity and chaos in supply chain networks.

Pearson, Mike (2006) Fractals, complexity and chaos in supply chain networks. In: Complexus Mundi: emergent patterns in nature. World Scientific Publishing Company, pp. 135-145. ISBN 978-981-256-666-9

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Recent work identifying an equilibrium solution in a supply chain network through cooperation and coordination along edges (links) in the network identifies the links as the stochastic modelling entities rather than the nodes of the network. This has been generalized to a supply chain network where the equilibrium solution applies to interactions between components of supply chain networks. We introduce the concept of a component decision-maker in a supply chain as a fractal. With the aid of a simple transformation we outline features of self-similarity, invariance, chaos and feedback mechanisms, and examine some repeating patterns in prediction capability control charts. We also discuss fractal geometry in the evolution of supply chain networks

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 978-981-256-666-9
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fractals; supply chain network; equilibrium solution; component decision-maker;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations > 658 General management
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Item ID: 4369
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2011 15:10
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2015 14:10

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