This paper proposes a framework for agents in globally collaborative supply chain by applying the concept of coalition formation, a cooperation game in game theory. This framework provides mutual benefits to every party involved buyers, sellers and logistics providers. It provides a common gateway that allows individual parties to locate the right partners, negotiate with them, and form coalition in the best possible ways. The framework is applicable to real world e-business models, including B2C, B2B, supply chain and logistics, SME, etc. We firstly discuss common needs existing in today e-business. We then discuss about our framework, i.e., negotiation protocol and decision mechanism.
Sombattheera, Chattrakul; Ghose, Aditya K.; and Hyland, Peter, "A Framework to Support Coalition Formation in Supply Chain Collaboration" (2004). ICEB 2004 Proceedings (Beijing, China). 15.