Title: A prototype/demonstrator tool to perform the resources selection in distributed/agile/virtual enterprises

Authors: António Pires; Lino Costa; Goran D. Putnik; Paulo Ávila

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 431, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal ' Department of Production and Systems, School of Engineering, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal ' Department of Production and Systems, University of Minho, Campus de Azurém, 4810-058 Guimarães, Portugal ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 431, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal

Abstract: In the context of a distributed/agile/virtual enterprise (D/A/VE) and due to the large number of potential candidate resources, it is important to make a selection of those that will give more guarantees in terms of success of this cooperation and bring better performance to D/A/VE. There are several projects of D/A/VE with different approaches to the selection process. Considering the functionalities of the resources selection model of our project, the main objective of this paper is to present the development of a prototype/demonstrator tool to support it. As result a tool, named Selec_E A/V_V0, was developed and providing following features: pre-selection of resources with and without integration of the value analysis (VA), and final selection of resources. This tool supports the development of BM_VEARM selection model and permits the validation of the importance of VA integration in the final performance of the resources system selected.

Keywords: distributed enterprises; agile enterprises; virtual enterprises; resource pre-selection; resource selection; resource system selection; value analysis; MATLAB; prototypes; demonstrator tool.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBEX.2016.075595

International Journal of Business Excellence, 2016 Vol.9 No.3, pp.364 - 385

Received: 29 May 2014
Accepted: 26 Jul 2014

Published online: 26 Jan 2016 *

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