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Chin. Phys. B, 2020, Vol. 29(8): 088901    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ab96a8

Manufacturing enterprise collaboration network: An empirical research and evolutionary model

Ji-Wei Hu(胡辑伟)1,2, Song Gao(高松)1,2, Jun-Wei Yan(严俊伟)1,2, Ping Lou(娄平)1,2, Yong Yin(尹勇)1
1 School of Information Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China;
2 Hubei Key Laboratory of Broadband Wireless Communication and Sensor, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
Abstract  With the increasingly fierce market competition, manufacturing enterprises have to continuously improve their competitiveness through their collaboration and labor division with each other, i.e. forming manufacturing enterprise collaborative network (MECN) through their collaboration and labor division is an effective guarantee for obtaining competitive advantages. To explore the topology and evolutionary process of MECN, in this paper we investigate an empirical MECN from the viewpoint of complex network theory, and construct an evolutionary model to reproduce the topological properties found in the empirical network. Firstly, large-size empirical data related to the automotive industry are collected to construct an MECN. Topological analysis indicates that the MECN is not a scale-free network, but a small-world network with disassortativity. Small-world property indicates that the enterprises can respond quickly to the market, but disassortativity shows the risk spreading is fast and the coordinated operation is difficult. Then, an evolutionary model based on fitness preferential attachment and entropy-TOPSIS is proposed to capture the features of MECN. Besides, the evolutionary model is compared with a degree-based model in which only node degree is taken into consideration. The simulation results show the proposed evolutionary model can reproduce a number of critical topological properties of empirical MECN, while the degree-based model does not, which validates the effectiveness of the proposed evolutionary model.
Keywords:  manufacturing enterprise collaboration network      complex network      topological properties      fitness preferential attachment  
Received:  20 February 2020      Revised:  22 May 2020      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  89.75.-k (Complex systems)  
  89.75.Fb (Structures and organization in complex systems)  
  05.65.+b (Self-organized systems)  
  05.90.+m (Other topics in statistical physics, thermodynamics, and nonlinear dynamical systems)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51475347 and 51875429).
Corresponding Authors:  Ping Lou     E-mail:

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Ji-Wei Hu(胡辑伟), Song Gao(高松), Jun-Wei Yan(严俊伟), Ping Lou(娄平), Yong Yin(尹勇) Manufacturing enterprise collaboration network: An empirical research and evolutionary model 2020 Chin. Phys. B 29 088901

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