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An empirical study on coalition formation and cost/savings allocation

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  • Audy, Jean-François
  • D’Amours, Sophie
  • Rönnqvist, Mikael
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    Interest has been raised by the recent identification of potential savings through collaborative planning in logistics operations. Even though substantial savings can be realized, two key questions exist: (i) how should potential savings be divided among a group of collaborating companies and (ii) among potential collaborating companies, how should collaborating group(s) be formed? These two questions are studied in a specific context: among potential collaborating companies; a subset, denoted the leading companies, performs collaborative planning on behalf of the others and together, they initiate formation of a collaborating group. We use the concept of a business model to detail such context. Based on the literature on network formation where potential savings are modelled by a cooperative game, four business models are explored in four different subsets of leading companies. We propose a network model as a method to determine the stable collaborating group in each computation. A case study including eight forest companies is described and analyzed. Results show that very different solution characteristics can be achieved depending on the business model selected.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Production Economics.

    Volume (Year): 136 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 13-27

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:136:y:2012:i:1:p:13-27

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    Keywords: Game theory; OR in forestry; Transportation; Graph theory; Collaboration;

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    1. Xiaozhou Xu & Shenle Pan & Eric Ballot, 2013. "A sharing mechanism for superadditive and non-superadditive logistics cooperation," Post-Print halshs-00876006, HAL.
    2. Palsule-Desai, Omkar D. & Tirupati, Devanath & Chandra, Pankaj, 2013. "Stability issues in supply chain networks: Implications for coordination mechanisms," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 142(1), pages 179-193.

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