Centre for Computing and Communication Technologies (TZI)
University of Bremen, Am Fallturm 1, 28359 Bremen, Germany
Autonomous control in logistics decreases the computational effort for process control by problem decomposition. To this end, decision-making is delegated to the participating logistics entities. The more process control is decentralised the more interaction effort arises for coordinating the participants for efficient resource utilisation. This increase in interaction effort might even outweigh the decrease in computational effort gained by decomposition. Therefore, it is necessary to reduce the interaction effort by adequate organisational structures. Team formation as a prerequisite for establishing these structures, however, also requires interaction effort. Hence, this chapter analytically narrows the optimal degree at which autonomous control is applied by the interaction effort arising for individual and team action as well as team formation.
Schuldt, A., Berndt, J. O., and Herzog, O. (2011). The Interaction Effort in Autonomous Logistics Processes: Potential and Limitations for Cooperation. In Hülsmann, M., Scholz-Reiter, B., and Windt, K. (eds.): Autonomous Cooperation and Control in Logistics: Contributions and Limitations - Theoretical and Practical Perspectives. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 77-90.