1. Enter your name and that of your organization (while this information is optional, it would help us if you could provide it – e.g. in case we receive multiple answers from the same organization):
 Response PercentResponse Total
  Name
100%52
  Organization
96.2%50
Total Respondents  52
(skipped this question)  3
2. Indicate each of the years when you had an entry in the TAC-SCM tournament
 Response PercentResponse Total
 2003
41.8%23
 2004
54.5%30
 2005
67.3%37
 2006
74.5%41
 No entry so far
10.9%6
Total Respondents  55
(skipped this question)  0
3. If you had entries in 2005 or earlier but didn’t enter the competition in 2006, what was (were) the main reason(s)
 Response PercentResponse Total
  Dates of the 2006 tournament were too tight
18.2%2
  Tired of trying to win
0%0
  Entry fee is too high
18.2%2
  Other (please specify)
63.6%7
Total Respondents  11
(skipped this question)  44
4. Assuming that the 2007 competition takes place in July-August, which of the following would increase/decrease the chances you participate
Would significantly DECREASE the chance I participateWould somewhat DECREASE the chance I participateNEUTRALWould somewhat INCREASE the chance I participateWould significantly INCREASE the chance I participateResponse Average
Keep everything as is
4% (2)18% (9)55% (27)10% (5)12% (6)3.08
Additional awards to recognize best agents in different categories (e.g. best start game, best end game, introduction of an undergrad student league, etc. – suggestions can be provided in the text box under Question 5 below).
0% (0)0% (0)41% (21)51% (26)8% (4)3.67
Introduction of specifications aimed at bringing the game closer to current supply chain management practices
0% (0)0% (0)24% (12)41% (21)35% (18)4.12
Simplified specifications
4% (2)24% (12)51% (26)20% (10)2% (1)2.92
New tournament rules (e.g. semi-finals with 24 agents and finals with 12 agents, being mixed and matched for a couple of days)
2% (1)4% (2)50% (25)32% (16)12% (6)3.48
Shorter games to facilitate testing (e.g. 15-20 minute games instead of 55 minute games) - with possible provisions to reduce startup/shutdown effects
2% (1)8% (4)37% (19)37% (19)16% (8)3.57
Significantly altered rules to “re-open” the competition
10% (5)18% (9)37% (19)24% (12)12% (6)3.10
Keep the game as is but introduce a second league with new challenges (e.g. combination of short-term and long-term procurement contracts)
6% (3)8% (4)30% (15)46% (23)10% (5)3.46
Other (please use the text box under Question 5 to explain)
0% (0)0% (0)54% (14)23% (6)23% (6)3.69
Total Respondents  51
(skipped this question)  4
5. Please use this box to provide additional details on any of your answers under Question 4
 Total Respondents  
24
(skipped this question)  31
6. Please briefly describe your main research interests and motivations for participating in TAC-SCM (e.g. “adaptive techniques”, “optimization”, “Supply Chain Management”, “game theoretic issues”, etc.)
 Response PercentResponse Total
  Topic 1
100%48
  Topic 2
89.6%43
  Topic 3
52.1%25
  Topic 4
25%12
  Topic 5
14.6%7
Total Respondents  48
(skipped this question)  7
7. Do you use TAC-SCM software in courses that you teach?
 Average Enrollment (Number of students per year)
1-56-1011-1516-2021-3031-5051-100>100Response Total
Undergraduate course
33% (2)0% (0)0% (0)0% (0)17% (1)17% (1)17% (1)17% (1)6
Graduate course
9% (1)9% (1)36% (4)9% (1)18% (2)18% (2)0% (0)0% (0)11
Thinking of using it in the future
25% (1)0% (0)25% (1)0% (0)25% (1)0% (0)0% (0)25% (1)4
 Course offered since
2003200420052006Response Total
Undergraduate course
17% (1)50% (3)33% (2)0% (0)6
Graduate course
9% (1)55% (6)18% (2)18% (2)11
Thinking of using it in the future
0% (0)0% (0)50% (1)50% (1)2
Total Respondents  15
(skipped this question)  40
8. Do you find the TAC-SCM Agent repository useful?
 Response PercentResponse Total
  Yes
93.6%44
  No
6.4%3
Total Respondents  47
(skipped this question)  8
9. Do you have any suggestions for improving the research/educational value of the competition?
 Total Respondents  
27
(skipped this question)  28
10. Enter here any other comments you may have about TAC-SCM and how you would like the tournament to evolve over the years to come
 Total Respondents  
20
(skipped this question)  35