Campus Units

Aerospace Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality Applications Center

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

Fall 2015

Journal or Book Title

Journal on Policy and Complex Systems

Volume

2

Issue

2

First Page

21

Last Page

48

Research Focus Area(s)

​Operations Research

DOI

10.18278/jpcs.2.2.3

Abstract

The recent increase in demand for regionally produced food has resulted in a need for more efficient distribution methods. To connect regional food producers and consumers, intermediated regional food supply networks have developed. The intermediary, known as a regional food hub, serves as an aggregation point for products and information. It may also act as a filter to ensure that the requirements of both producers and consumers are consistently met. This paper describes an empirically based agent-based model of a regional food network in central Iowa that is intermediated by a food hub. The model was used to test a variety of sourcing policies that could be implemented by the food hub manager to improve operations. Results indicate that policies that protect producers from competition may have negative consequences for consumer satisfaction.

Comments

This article is published as Krejci, Caroline C., Michael C. Dorneich, and Richard T. Stone. "Assessing Values-based Sourcing Strategies in Regional Food Supply Networks: An Agent-based Approach." Journal on Policy and Complex Systems 2, no. 2 (2015): 21-48. DOI: 10.18278/jpcs.2.2.3. Posted with permission.

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Copyright Owner

Policy Studies Organization

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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