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Supernetworks

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Supernetworks

Decision-Making for the Information Age

9781840649680 Edward Elgar Publishing
Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor, Isenberg School of Management and Director, Virtual Center for Supernetworks, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US and June Dong, Associate Professor, School of Business, State University of New York, Oswego, US
Publication Date: 2002 ISBN: 978 1 84064 968 0 Extent: 368 pp
The advent of the Information Age has transformed the ways in which individuals work, travel, and conduct their daily activity. Anna Nagurney and June Dong lay out the theory of supernetworks, networks that exist over and above existing electronic networks, in order to formalize decision-making in the Information Age. Supernetworks are conceptual in scope, graphical in perspective, and, with the accompanying theory, predictive in nature.

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The advent of the Information Age has transformed the ways in which individuals work, travel, and conduct their daily activity. Anna Nagurney and June Dong lay out the theory of supernetworks, networks that exist over and above existing electronic networks, in order to formalize decision-making in the Information Age. Supernetworks are conceptual in scope, graphical in perspective, and, with the accompanying theory, predictive in nature.

In this book, the authors provide a unifying framework for the study of decision-making by a variety of economic agents including consumers and producers as well as distinct intermediaries in the context of today’s networked economy. They provide the conceptual, analytical, and computational tools for the study of supernetworks. Their approach is rigorous and of sufficient generality and detail to give added insight into the behavior and structure of large-scale, interacting and competitive network systems, such as transportation, telecommunication, and financial networks.

Areas studied include: supply chain networks with electronic commerce, financial networks with intermediation, telecommunicating versus commuting decision-making, teleshopping versus shopping decision-making, as well as transportation and location decisions. Case studies drawn from practice are provided for illustration purposes.

Academics and practitioners in economics, business, and operations research along with management scientists, transportation and logistics researchers, computer scientists and applied mathematicians will find this book fascinating and useful.
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‘The book provides a fair argument for the use of equilibrium models to represent systems involving several layers of independent agents. Since the topics addressed are important in the current "Information Age," this book is certainly relevant.’
– Patrice Marcotte, Journal of Regional Science
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Contents: Preface Part I: Introduction and Foundations 1. Introduction and Overview 2. Background 3. Foundations of Supernetworks Part II: Multitiered Networks 4. Supply Chain Networks and Electronic Commerce 5. A Multilevel Perspective for Supply Chain Dynamics 6. Dynamic Financial Networks with Intermediation Part III: Multicriteria Networks 7. Multicriteria Network Equilibrium Modelling 8. A Space-Time Network for Telecommuting versus Commuting 9. Urban Location and Transportation in the Information Age Part IV: New Directions 10. Supernetworks of Producers and Consumers 11. Multicriteria Decision-Making in Financial Networks 12. Paradoxes and Policies A. Optimization Theory B. Variational Inequalities and Projected Dynamical Systems C. Algorithms Bibliography Index

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