Doctoral Thesis Agent-based Inter-organizational Systems in Advanced Logistics Operations

Defended on Friday, 30 June 2017

Abstract

“Agent-based Inter-organizational Systems (ABIOS) in Advanced Logistics Operations” explores the concepts, the design, and the role and impact of agent-based systems to improve coordination and performance of logistics operations.  The dissertation consists of one conceptual study and three empirical studies.  The empirical studies apply various research methods such as a multiple-case study research, coordination mechanism design, and predictive analytics using big data.  The conceptual study presents a theoretical exploration and synthesis explaining the demand for inter-organizational systems (IOS) and the corresponding IOS functionalities.  The first empirical study presents a multiple-case study exploring real-life ABIOS implementations in the warehousing and transportation business.  The second empirical study provides an auction based coordination mechanism design for the container’s pick-up/delivery appointment reservation problem that involves the seaports and drayage operators.   The third empirical study presents a seaport service rate prediction system that could help drayage operators to improve their predictions of the duration of the pick-up/delivery operations at a seaport by using the subordinate trucks’ trajectory data.  Based on these studies, the dissertation offers new insights on the role of inter-organizational systems in mitigating coordination equivocality and uncertainties; the interplay among the ABIOS applications, required structural adjustments, and the potential of business performance improvement opportunities; and the development of two ABIOS prototypes: an auction based coordination mechanism and a predictive analytics application based on big data.

Keywords

Agent-based technology, Inter-organizational systems, Advanced logistics operations, Artificial Intelligence, Coordination, Coordination mechanism design, Business networks performance, Big Data, Predictive analytics, Business intelligence, Enterprise information systems, Logistics information systems

Time frame

2008 - 2012

Preferred reference

M. Wasesa, Agent-based inter-organizational systems in advanced logistics operations, Promotors:prof.dr.ir. Eric van Heck,prof.dr. Rob Zuidwijk, http://hdl.handle.net/1765/100527

Author

Meditya Wasesa
Meditya Wasesa

Supervisory Team

Eric van Heck
Professor of Information Management and Markets
  • Promotor
Rob Zuidwijk
Endowed Professor of Ports in Global Networks
  • Promotor

Committee Members

René de Koster
Professor of Logistics and Operations Management
Henk Sol
Henk Sol
Andries Stam
Andries Stam
Kadarsah Suryadi
Kadarsah Suryadi
Peter Vervest
Professor of Information Management and networks