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Supply Chain as a Service: A Cloud Perspective on Supply Chain Systems

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3 Author(s)
Joerg Leukel ; University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany ; Stefan Kirn ; Thomas Schlegel

Supply chains are characterized by multiple firms providing their resources and processes to meeting customer demand in an efficient manner. There exists a great variety of approaches for solving the inherent coordination problem. It has been acknowledged that the autonomy of supply chain participants - and their business objectives - as well as the contractual relations between participants have to be maintained when designing a coordination mechanism. Often, new mechanisms are triggered by innovation in the software industry. This paper adopts the basic idea of Cloud Computing and takes a Cloud perspective on supply chain systems: It proposes to represent supply chains as a set of service offerings and customer demand as service requests; coordination is then a problem of determining optimal service compositions. We evaluate our proposal in a case study of airport service supply chains.

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IEEE Systems Journal  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 1 )