Title: A hybrid MCDM approach to supplier selection

Authors: M. Ilangkumaran; V. Sasirekha; M. Dinesh; M.M. Jegan; T. Loganathan; K.M. Mouleeshwaran; Boopathi Raja; Nizamuddin Pallikadath; S. Praveen Kumar; T. Ruban Sundara Raj; C.N.S. Siddharatha

Addresses: Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – 637 215, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – 637 215, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – 637 215, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – 637 215, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – 637 215, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – 637 215, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – 637 215, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – 637 215, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – 637 215, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – 637 215, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India ' Department of Mechatronics Engineering, K.S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – 637 215, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India

Abstract: An organisation's progress strongly depends on the selection of an appropriate supplier. The selection of suitable supplier is a multi criteria decision making (MCDM) problem, which is based on several qualitative, quantitative and even conflicting criteria. This paper aims to propose a hybrid MCDM technique for the supplier selection problem. The fuzzy analytical hierarchy process (FAHP) is used to analyse the structure of supplier selection problem and to determine the weights of the criteria. The preference ranking organisation method for enrichment evaluation (PROMETHEE) is used to obtain the final ranking of the suppliers. The effectiveness of the proposed FAHP-PROMETHEE method is compared to AHP-PROMETHEE and it is illustrated using a real-time case study from a refrigerator manufacturing industry.

Keywords: fuzzy AHP; analytical hierarchy process; FAHP; fuzzy set theory; FST; preference ranking; enrichment evaluation; PROMETHEE; multicriteria decision making; hybrid MCDM; supplier selection; fuzzy logic; supplier rankings; refrigerator manufacturing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEME.2012.052403

International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics, 2012 Vol.3 No.4, pp.279 - 304

Published online: 01 Mar 2013 *

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