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[EU FP6] SUDDEN

Description:
Contemporary markets require dynamic networks of collaborating organisations. Effective collaboration inside such networks motivates optimisation during planning and flexibility at enactment time, yet these two strands are treated separately at present.

This project focused on SME suppliers within automotive ecosystems, aiming to empower them to collaboratively design and coordinate supply networks. This is made possible by a novel approach which integrates collaborative optimisation and last-minute responsiveness of supply chains in an easy-to-use software prototype. A methodology for automotive supplier profiling and development will be created to support the implementation of the approach.

The SUddEN system is a socio-technical system which combines knowledge-based software functionality with new ways of working supported by collaborative technology such as discussion boards. This socio-technical system achieves the following three innovations:

  • Innovation 1. A novel approach to multi-level supply network design and coordination;
  • Innovation 2. A novel method for continuous and systematic evaluation of VO partners and their processes;
  • Innovation 3. On-the-job learning and development of actors and collaborations.

The system is grounded in real practices and user requirements from the domain of Automotive Manufacturing, using real strategic initiatives and case studies from our SME partners from Upper Austria.
The straightforward design of the initial supply network informs the partner selection procedures, which may lead to partner development and training requirements. Once the team is operational, the performance of partners is evaluated and poor performance may lead to switching of coordination mechanisms or suppliers by triggering team (VO) formation mechanisms. This results in an improved team, which over time leads to both the team “learning” about the best structures and processes of work and coordination, and individual companies learning about their limitations and training needs.

Start:
01.10.2006

End:
01.10.2009

Partners:
ProActive
Profactor
The University of Manchester / Manchester Business School -Interactive Systems and Information Systems, UK
Johannes Kepler Universität, Österreich
Moviquity, Spanien
Exodus S.A., Griechenland
DIBO Diamantwerkzeuge, Österreich
Automotive Solutions, Österreich
Schneegans Silicon, Österreich
GWS Produktion Handel Service GmbH, Österreich

Project Officer:
Dr. Georg Weichhart

Staff:
Dr. Georg Weichhart
Mag. Peter Peherstorfer
DI Dr. Stefan Oppl, MBA
Mag. Thomas Feiner

Publications:
Agent Technologies for Production Systems
A Multiagent Web Service Composition Engine, Revisited
Collaborative Learning in Automotive Ecosystems
Human Intervention in cross-organizational Process Development
Implementing organisational interoperability - the SUddEN approach
Internet-Based Support for Process-Oriented Instant Virtual Enterprises
Learning Interoperability in Emerging Supply Networks
Modelling of Complex Supply Networks
Requirements for a Complex Adaptive Systems Oriented Framework for Enterprise Modelling and Integration
Software Agents