Title: A conflict measure model and its application to supplier evaluation under environmental uncertainty

Authors: Mingrong Deng, Weixuan Xu

Addresses: School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China. ' Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, China

Abstract: As environmental issues are of increased concern, many enterprises have participated in some forms of green-purchasing initiatives. Beside the traditional criteria, the supplier|s environmental consciousness, environmental mission, advances in developing environmentally friendly goods, etc., should be evaluated. The attitude difference among supply chain partners will create potential problems for their cooperation and collaboration. A conflict evaluation method is proposed based on measuring their inconsistent attitudes toward important issues such as the environmental ones. A model is built for discovering weight parameters from experience. A pre-qualification process is suggested for screening the suppliers by eliminating those conflicts with the buyer firm.

Keywords: environmental issues; conflict evaluation; uncertain attitudes; green supply chains; supplier selection; mathematical modelling; supply chain management; SCM; supplier evaluation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2010.035350

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2010 Vol.42 No.4, pp.359 - 370

Available online: 26 Sep 2010 *

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