Title: An agent-based framework for information exchange in semiconductor supply chains

Authors: Tai-Lin Chen, Chiunsin Lin, Pao-Long Chang

Addresses: Institute of Business and Management, National Chiao Tung University, 4F, 114, Sec. 1, Chung-Hsiao W. Rd., Taipei 100, Taiwan. Institute of Business and Management, National Chiao Tung University, 4F, 114, Sec. 1, Chung-Hsiao W. Rd., Taipei 100, Taiwan. Department of Business Administration, Feng Chia University, 100 Wenhwa Rd., Seatwen, Taichung 407, Taiwan

Abstract: Supply chains have received considerable interest from businesses and academic communities in recent years. It is especially an issue of substantial importance in an industry such as semiconductor manufacturing which possesses a uniquely vertical integrated structure and demands cost-effective and timely flow of production and information. There are four major segments in the semiconductor industry and its supply chain: design, fabrication (fab), packaging and testing, and support. This article attempts to provide an integrated perspective on the information exchange process and propose an agent-based information exchange framework to facilitate free flow of information across the supply chain. Four types of information exchange, namely production, capacity, logistics, and engineering, are defined and three information-exchange methods adopted in the semiconductor supply chain are examined as well. This paper further locates the bottlenecks in information sharing within the semiconductor supply chain, such as IT barriers, data format, integration, timeliness, and accuracy, and moves on to discuss the implications of the proposed framework.

Keywords: agent-based; inter-organisational systems; information technology; supply chain management; semiconductor industry; semiconductor manufacturing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTM.2003.003620

International Journal of Services Technology and Management, 2003 Vol.4 No.4/5/6, pp.347 - 364

Available online: 24 Sep 2003 *

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