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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 4346580, 9 pages
Research Article

Research on Evolutionary Mechanism of Agile Supply Chain Network via Complex Network Theory

1The School of Finance and Economics, Anhui Wonder University of Information Engineering, Hefei 231201, China
2The Department of Public Courses, Anhui Xinhua University, Hefei 230088, China
3School of Political Science and Public Administration, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
4School of International Business Administration, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai 200433, China

Received 27 October 2015; Revised 23 December 2015; Accepted 27 December 2015

Academic Editor: Young Hae Lee

Copyright © 2016 Nai-Ru Xu 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.


The paper establishes the evolutionary mechanism model of agile supply chain network by means of complex network theory which can be used to describe the growth process of the agile supply chain network and analyze the complexity of the agile supply chain network. After introducing the process and the suitability of taking complex network theory into supply chain network research, the paper applies complex network theory into the agile supply chain network research, analyzes the complexity of agile supply chain network, presents the evolutionary mechanism of agile supply chain network based on complex network theory, and uses Matlab to simulate degree distribution, average path length, clustering coefficient, and node betweenness. Simulation results show that the evolution result displays the scale-free property. It lays the foundations of further research on agile supply chain network based on complex network theory.