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Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 8401813, 13 pages
Research Article

Cooperative Evolutionary Game and Applications in Construction Supplier Tendency

School of Management and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Qian Li

Received 24 July 2017; Accepted 11 December 2017; Published 21 January 2018

Academic Editor: Pietro De Lellis

Copyright © 2018 Qianqian Shi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Major construction projects have a great influence on the national economy and society, wherein cooperative relationship between construction suppliers plays an increasingly significant role in the overall supply chain system. However, the relationships between suppliers are noncontractual, multistage, dynamic, and complicated. To gain a deeper insight into the suppliers’ cooperative relationships, an evolutionary game model is developed to explore the cooperation tendency of multisuppliers. A replicator dynamic system is further formulated to investigate the evolutionary stable strategies of multisuppliers. Then, fourteen “when-then” type scenarios are concluded and classified into six different evolutionary tracks. Meanwhile, the critical influencing factors are identified. The results show that the suppliers’ production capacity, owner-supplier contract, and the owner’s incentive mechanism influence the cooperation tendency of suppliers directly. The managerial implications contribute to insightful references for a more stable cooperative relationship between the owner and suppliers.