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International Journal of Management and Decision Making (4 papers in press)


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  • Supply input-output economics in process prioritisation of interdependent manufacturing systems   Order a copy of this article
    by Vianca Mae Noel, Rauvel Shay Omega, Jesah Grace Masbad, Lanndon Ocampo 
    Abstract: Currently, manufacturing firms strive not only to survive but also to remain competitive in their industries. To sustain competitive advantage, firms adopt various approaches to aid in their decision making processes. A crucial decision making area is on process prioritisation which attempts to identify areas that need to be given higher attention in terms of policy development, improvement efforts and resource allocation. Previous approaches addressing this concern have drawbacks which may lead to less reliable decisions. Thus, this study attempts to develop a methodological approach based on supply-driven input-output analysis that addresses process prioritisation in manufacturing process system level. The motivation behind the adoption of such approach lies in the strength of input-output analysis in understanding systems with interdependent components. This approach was applied to two manufacturing systems in different case firms. Results reported in this work include the identified key processes of both firms together with the process prioritisation ranking of other processes.
    Keywords: manufacturing systems; process prioritisation; supply input-output model; interdependent systems; Ghosh model; manufacturing industry; manufacturing processes.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2017.10002225
  • A modified differential evolution-based fuzzy multi-objective approach for clustering   Order a copy of this article
    by Subrat Kumar Nayak, Pravat Kumar Rout, Alok Kumar Jagadev, Srikanta Patnaik 
    Abstract: Many evolutionary-based metaheuristics have been proposed for minimisation of intra cluster distance for better clustering, however the effect of inter cluster distances on clustering is ignored in most of the cases. Considering this issue a modified differential evolution-based fuzzy multi-objective (MDEFM) approach is proposed in this study where effect of both intra and inter cluster distance on clustering is analysed. This way of considering both the objectives and assigning different weighting factors according to their priority results in well separate clusters with greater accuracy. Furthermore, a centroid rearrangement scheme has been proposed for getting a consistent result. A comparative analysis of the proposed approach with another five population-based methods on eight real datasets is carried out to justify the efficacy of the model. The results reveal that the proposed approach can be considered as one of the alternate powerful methods for data clustering applications in various fields.
    Keywords: differential evolution; data clustering; inter cluster distance; intra cluster distance; centroid rearrangement; fuzzy clustering; multi-objective clustering; metaheuristics.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2017.10002425
  • ORCON - a tool for analysis of ordinal consistency in a pairwise comparison matrix   Order a copy of this article
    by Helen M. Moshkovich, Alexander I. Mechitov 
    Abstract: Decision makers are often asked to make pairwise comparisons in the process of decision analysis with multiple criteria. Experiences show that decision makers make errors in expression of their judgements leading to ordinal and/or cardinal inconsistency in the comparison of objects. If results are highly inconsistent, the revision of a decision maker's comparisons should be carried out. The process may be quite complicated and usually is not part of the method. Ordinal consistency is often the first step to the success in many decision processes. We propose ORCON - an Excel-based tool that provides: 1) record of all cycles in the matrix of pairwise comparisons; 2) a list of all possible changes leading to consistency; 3) way to carry out those changes. The process is illustrated through ORCON application in a multi-criteria selection task.
    Keywords: multiple criteria decision making; MCDM; pairwise comparisons; ordinal consistency; transitivity; analytical hierarchy process; AHP; verbal decision analysis; VDA; cycles; ZAPROS-LM; Excel; spreadsheets.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2017.10002944
  • Relational focus in long duration buyer-seller relationships   Order a copy of this article
    by Robert C. Fink, Kenneth J. Hatten, James P. Keeler, William L. James, Linda F. Edelman 
    Abstract: There is limited research on the effects of accumulated shared experience on the nature or character of buyer-seller relationships that have extended beyond a few short years. The evidence presented here suggests that when buyer-seller exchanges are sustained over the long-term, the direct effect of duration on relational choice changes in buyer-seller relationships over time. Further, this study suggests that duration moderates the effects of several environmental variables drawn from resource dependency theory and transaction cost economics on relational focus. In light of this evidence we argue that duration must be integrated into contract theory to help us understand how organisations adapt to change.
    Keywords: interorganisational relationships; governance; resource dependency theory; transaction cost economics; TCE; buyer-seller relationships; long term relationships; shared experience; relational choice; duration; contract theory.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2017.10002665