Masters Theses


"This paper extends the application scope of an auction based shop floor control model, developed by Siwamogsatham and Saygin (2004), to enterprise level and evaluates its performance for coordination and collaboration of spatially distributed Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The model uses the contract net protocol (Smith 1980) to facilitate the negotiation process among SMEs. The negotiation process consists of two main components: task proposal formulation and bid formulation. An agent-based simulation environment is developed in ProModel® in order to evaluate the impact of two negotiation factors, α and β, and due date slack of tasks, K, on tardiness, earliness, and due date deviation of tasks. A mixed level factorial design of experiments is carried out by considering the levels of α, β, and K. The results of the simulation study are analyzed using Minitab®. The study shows that the auction based model is effective for task allocation among SMEs, yet it is necessary to fine tune the negotiation factors based on the performance measures and due dates of task"--Abstract, page iv.


Saygin, Can

Committee Member(s)

Grasman, Scott E. (Scott Erwin)
Leu, M. C. (Ming-Chuan)


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2004


viii, 26 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 24-25).


© 2004 Govind Vilas Bajaj, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Restricted Access

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Subject Headings

Business enterprises

Thesis Number

T 8504

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