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SAND95-Z 76 C
Cooperative Business Management Strategies'
for the U.S. Integrated Textile Complex
Kenneth E. Washington
Demand Activated Manufacturing Architecture Project
Introduction - The AMTEX Partnership and the DAMA Project
The mission of the American Textile (AMTE'm) Partnership is to engage the unique technical
resources of the Department of Energy National Laboratories to work with the U.S. Integrated Textile
Complex (US ITC) and research universities to develop and deploy technologies that will increase the
competitiveness of the US ITC. The objectives of the Demand Activated Manufacturing Architecture
(DAMA) project of AMTEX are:
1. To determine strategic business structure changes for the US ITC,
2. To establish a textile industry electronic marketplace,
3. To provide methods for US ITC education and implementation of an electronic marketplace.
The Enterprise Modeling and Simulation Task of DAMA is focusing on the first DAMA goal as
described in another paper of this conference. The Cooperative Business Management (CBM) Task of
DAMA is developing computer-based tools that will render system-wide information accessible for
improved decision making. Three CBM strategies and the associated computer tools being developed to
support their implementation are described in this paper. This effort is addressing the second DAMA
goal to establish a textile industry electronic marketplace in concert with the Connectivity and
Infrastructure Task of DAMA. As the CBM tools mature, they will be commercialized through the
DAMA Education, Outreach and Commercialization Task of DAMA to achieve the third and final
Cooperative Business Management Strategies and Supporting Tools
Cooperative business management is a concept built upon the assumption that improvements in US ITC
competitiveness can be achieved if companies involved in the manufacture and sale of common products
adopt a cooperative decision-making model. In this model decisions are mutually beneficial to all parties
involved, but not necessarily optimal for any one particular company. This concept is illustrated
graphically in Figure 1. Several computer tools are being developed in support of the CBM concept as
depicted in this figure. An important fact to keep in mind, however, is that computer tools can only
facilitate and enable CBM thinking. Success ultimately depends upon people and their willingness to
conduct business according to the CBM model. Three CBM strategies and the computer tools related to
each strategy are described below.
1 This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under contract No. DE-AC04-94-AL85000
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