Title: Using data envelopment analysis for ranking suppliers in the presence of nondiscretionary factors

Authors: Reza Farzipoor Saen

Addresses: Department of Industrial Management, Management and Accounting Faculty, Islamic Azad University – Karaj Branch, P.O. Box 31485-313, Karaj, Iran

Abstract: Building on the closeness and long-term relationships between buyers and suppliers is a critical success factor to establish a supply chain system. Therefore, the supplier ranking problem becomes the most important issue in implementing a successful supply chain system. Current models of supplier ranking assume that the decision-making criteria are completely discretionary and do not assume supplier ranking in the condition that some factors are nondiscretionary. This paper proposes a method for ranking suppliers in the presence of nondiscretionary factors. A numerical example demonstrates the application of the proposed method.

Keywords: supply chain management; SCM; supplier ranking; nondiscretionary factors; data envelopment analysis; DEA.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2009.024807

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2009 Vol.2 No.3, pp.229 - 243

Published online: 01 May 2009 *

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