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The supply chain is the central organizing unit in today's global industries and has gained significance as one of the 21st century manufacturing paradigms for improving organizational competitiveness. In this paper, we propose a dynamic Bayesian network to represent the cause-and-effect relationships in an industrial supply chain. Based on the Quick Scan, a systematic data analysis and synthesis methodology, a dynamic Bayesian network is employed as a more descriptive mechanism to model the causal relationships in the supply chain. Dynamic Bayesian networks can be utilized as a knowledge base of the reasoning systems where the diagnostic tasks are conducted. We finally solve this reasoning problem with stochastic simulation.
Date of Conference: 12-14 Oct. 2008