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Pairwise mergers in bipartite matching games with an application in collaborative logistics (2016)
Journal Article
Hezarkhni, B. (in press). Pairwise mergers in bipartite matching games with an application in collaborative logistics. Operations Research Letters, 44(6), doi:10.1016/j.orl.2016.10.004. ISSN 0167-6377

Merging among players in a cooperative game can alter the structure of the core. This paper shows that in bipartite matching games, if pairs of players from different sides merge, the structure of the core remains unchanged. This allows us to extend... Read More

Optimal design of uptime-guarantee contracts under IGFR valuations and convex costs (2016)
Journal Article
Hezarkhni, B. (in press). Optimal design of uptime-guarantee contracts under IGFR valuations and convex costs. European Journal of Operational Research, doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2016.06.032. ISSN 0377-2217

An uptime-guarantee contract commits a service provider to maintain the functionality of a customer’s equipment at least for certain fraction of working time during a contracted period. This paper addresses the optimal design of uptime-guarantee cont... Read More

Decentralized subcontractor scheduling with divisible jobs (2015)
Journal Article
Hezarkhni, B., & Kubiak, W. (2015). Decentralized subcontractor scheduling with divisible jobs. Journal of Scheduling, 18(5), doi:10.1007/s10951-015-0432-2. ISSN 1094-6136

Subcontracting allows manufacturer agents to reduce completion times of their jobs and thus obtain savings. This paper addresses the coordination of decentralized scheduling systems with a single subcontractor and several agents having divisible jobs... Read More

A competitive solution for cooperative truckload delivery (2015)
Journal Article
Hezarkhni, B., Slikker, M., & Van Woensel, T. (2015). A competitive solution for cooperative truckload delivery. OR Spectrum, 38(1), doi:10.1007/s00291-015-0394-y. ISSN 0171-6468

This paper introduces a solution for gain sharing in consortia of logistic providers where joint planning of truckload deliveries enables the reduction of empty kilometers. The highly competitive nature of freight transport markets necessitates solut... Read More