Title: A fuzzy goal programming model for skill-based personnel assignments

Authors: Luis Daniel Otero; Grisselle Centeno; Carlos E. Otero; Alex J. Ruiz-Torres

Addresses: Department of Engineering Systems, Florida Institute of Technology, College of Engineering, 150 West University Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32901, USA. ' Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. ENB 118, Tampa, FL 33620-5350, USA. ' Department of Information Technology, College of Technology and Innovation, University of South Florida Polytechnic, 3433 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland FL 33803, USA. ' Department of Management, College of Business Administration, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, San Juan PR, 00931-3332, Puerto Rico

Abstract: This research develops a fuzzy goal programming (FGP) model for personnel assignment decisions in skill-based environments. Although FGP has been applied to various areas within the management science and operations research literature, a FGP model has not been proposed within the skill-based personnel assignment literature. The paper develops a methodology denoted as membership function relaxation to directly involve decision makers in the process of constructing fuzzy sets and determine priorities of assignment criteria, thus resulting in a more complete decision structure for assignment problems that could lead to higher practical values. An assignment problem in a software development industrial setting is presented to demonstrate the proper implementation of the solution approach. Two software engineering field experts acted as decision-makers and participated in the development of the fuzzy sets for the goals.

Keywords: fuzzy goal programming; FGP; personnel assignments; skill-based environment; assignment decisions; fuzzy sets; fuzzy logic; software development; software engineering; decision making; multicriteria decision making; MCDM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMCDM.2012.050675

International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making, 2012 Vol.2 No.4, pp.313 - 337

Published online: 01 Dec 2012 *

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