Journal on Policy & Complex Systems Vol. 2, Issue 2, Fall 2015 - Page 23

Journal on Policy and Complex Systems - Fall 2015, Volume 2, Number 2 Assessing Values-based Sourcing Strategies in Regional Food Supply Networks: An Agent-based Approach Caroline C. Krejci, Michael C. Dorneich, and Richard T. Stone Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Iowa State University, 3031 Black Engineering Building, Ames, IA 50011-2164, USA. Corresponding author: Caroline Krejci, Iowa State University, 3031 Black Engineering Building, Ames, IA 50011-2164, USA. E-mail: ckrejci@iastate.edu Abstract The recent increase in demand for regionally produced food has resulted in a need for more efficient distribution methods. To connect regional food producers and consumers, intermediated regional food supply networks have developed. The intermediary, known as a regional food hub, serves as an aggregation point for products and information. It may also act as a filter to ensure that the requirements of both producers and consumers are consistently met. This paper describes an empirically based agent-based model of a regional food network in central Iowa that is intermediated by a food hub. The model was used to test a variety of sourcing policies that could be implemented by the food hub manager to improve operations. Results indicate that policies that protect producers from competition may have negative consequences for consumer satisfaction. Keywords: local food distribution, food hubs, empirical agent-based modeling, values-based organizations, socially responsible supply chain management, sustainability 21 doi: 10.18278/jpcs.2.2.3