Design of a Global Decision Support System for a manufacturing SME: Towards participating in Collaborative Manufacturing

Hao W. Lin, Sev V. Nagalingam, Swee S. Kuik, Tomohiro Murata

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This paper discusses the conceptual design of a Global Decision Support System for a manufacturing Small or Medium Enterprise (SM/E), which actively participates in Collaborative Manufacturing. In order to implement the proposed concept, a Web Services based system architecture is proposed to offer maximum interoperability between all the distributed participants of a Collaborative Manufacturing Network (CMN) and their management information systems. Furthermore, this conceptual design utilises a Collaborative decision-support model that effectively interacts with the decision-makers and the management information systems/tools exist in the network, and provides appropriate support to all necessary decision-making steps towards the attainment of the networks strategic goals, while making full benefits of the network resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Mar



  • Collaborative Manufacturing
  • Collaborative networks
  • Global Decision Support System
  • Multi-objective optimisation
  • System interoperability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Economics and Econometrics

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