Multi-objective Simulated Annealing Algorithm for Partner Selection in Virtual Enterprises


Virtual Enterprise (VE) is a temporary alliance of autonomous enterprises formed to act together to share skills or core competencies and resources in order to respond to a market opportunity. The success of VE strongly depends on its composition, so partner selection can be considered as the most important problem in VE. This paper presents and solves a model for the partner selection problem in VEs that considers two main evaluation criteria; project completion time and total cost. To do so, the paper uses a multi-objective algorithm, namely Pareto Simulated Annealing (PSA). Results showed improved performance of PSA compared to the Tabu Search algorithm used in a recent study.


Virtual Enterprises Partner Selection Pareto Simulated Annealing multi-objective optimization 


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© Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Operations Research and Decision Support Department, Faculty of Computers and InformationCairo UniversityCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Decision Support and Future Studies Center, Faculty of Computer and InformationCairo UniversityCairoEgypt

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