Accession Number : ADA328727

Title :   Design and Development of a Knowledge-based Framework for Trouser Procurement: Bid Evaluation Software Tool (BEST); Volume II: Research Methodology

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 11 Jul 88-14 Dec 95,

Corporate Author : GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA SCHOOL OF TEXTILE AND FIBER ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Jayaraman, Sundaresan ; Narayanan, Sambasivan ; Krishna, Naveen ; Venkataraman, S.

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Report Date : 14 MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 100

Abstract : Research has been carried out to design and develop BEST (Bid Evaluation Software Tool) a knowledge-based decision support system for evaluating the capability of an apparel manufacturer to perform on a contract. BEST has been developed in cooperation with major apparel manufacturers and has been successfully field-tested in collaboration with Levi Strauss & Company. BEST is implemented in Level-5 Object and runs under the MS-Windows environment on IBM-compatible personal computers. This research effort has realized the vision of creating a knowledge-based decision support system for the objective evaluation of apparel contractors who can deliver the right quality product at the right time and at the right price. In doing so, it has pioneered the concepts of 'vendor pre-qualification' and 'vendor certification' central to effective and successful supply chain management. Finally, the 'terms of engagement' module in BEST represents the first known successful effort to quantitatively assess the 'working conditions' in apparel plants - a key requirement as apparel manufacturing turns global. This volume (the second of three volumes) documents the research methodology used in the project.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, *COMPUTER BENCHMARKING, MANUFACTURING, CONTRACTORS, KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS, VENDORS, CLOTHING, DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE