Service customization under capacity constraints: an auction-based model

Chun Wang, Farnaz Dargahi
2012 Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing  
In mass customization, companies strive to enhance customer value by providing products and services that are approximate to customers' needs. A company's strategy of allocating its limited capacity to meeting diverse customer requirements directly impact customer perceived value in terms of available options, cost, and schedule. Proposed in this paper is an auction-based mass customization model for solving the problem of service customization under capacity constraints (SCCC). The proposed
more » ... el integrates customers' customization decision making with the allocation of company's capacity through multilateral negotiation between the company and its customers. The negotiation is conducted through a combinatorial iterative auction designed to maximize the overall customer value given limited capacity. The auction is incentive-compatible in the sense that customers will follow the prescribed myopic best-response bidding strategy. Experimental results indicate that customization solutions computed by the proposed model are very close to the optimal one. Revenue performance is also adequate when there is sufficient competition in the market.
doi:10.1007/s10845-012-0689-7 fatcat:72h3mtqlcvejtlewikghryaq6i