Behdani, B.; Z. Lukszo; A. Adhitya and R. Srinivasan: Agent-based modelling to support operations management in a multi-plant enterprise, pp. 1-12. In: International Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control Vol. 6, No. 7 (2010).[s.l.]: ISIC INternational, 2010. ISSN 1349-4198.
A global industrial enterprise is a complex network of different distributed production plants producing, handling and distributing specific products. Agent-based modeling is a proven approach for modeling complex networks of intelligent and distributed actors. In this paper, we will demonstrate how an agent-based model can be used to evaluate the dynamic behavior of a global enterprise, considering both the system-level performance as well as the components’ behavior. This quantitative model can be very useful for predicting the effects of local and operational activities on plant performance and improving the tactical and strategic decision-making at the enterprise level.