Date Added: Jan 2011
In today's industrial context, competitiveness is closely associated to supply chain performance. Coordination between business units is essential to increase this performance, In order to produce and deliver products on time to customers/manufacturer at a competitive price. The most important task of the Supply Chain Management (SCM) is to reconfigure a supply chain based on the customers' requirement. Without more sophisticated cooperation and dynamic formation in a supply chain, it cannot be achieved for mass customization, rapid response and high-quality services. Because of its great potential in supporting cooperation for the supply chain management, agent technology can carry out the cooperative work by inter-operation across networked human, organization and machines at the abstractive level in a computational system.