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CORMSIS Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems

Analysis of a Procurement Game with Option Contracts  Event

13:00 - 14:45
8 March 2018
Building 2, Room 3043

For more information regarding this event, please email Tri-Dung Nguyen at .

Event details

When a firm faces an uncertain demand, it is common to procure supply using some type of option in addition to spot purchases. A typical problem of this type involves capacity being purchased in advance, with a separate payment made that applies only to the part of the capacity that is needed. We consider a discrete version of this problem in which competing suppliers choose a reservation price and an execution price for blocks of capacity, and the buyer, facing known distributions of demand and spot price, needs to decide which blocks to reserve. We show how to solve the buyer's combinatorial optimization problem efficiently and prove that suppliers can do no better than offer blocks at execution prices that match their costs, making profits only from the reservation part of their bids. Furthermore, we show that in an equilibrium the buyer selects the welfare maximizing set of blocks, which is also group strategy-proof.

Speaker information

Bo Chen ,University of Warwick ,is a full professor of operational research at Warwick Business School.

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