Title: Decision making regarding information sharing in collaborative relationships under an MCDA perspective

Authors: Patricia Guarnieri

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, University of Brasilia, 70910-900, Brazil

Abstract: Selecting appropriate partners, considering the strategic nature of decisions related to information sharing in partnerships, is essential. Thus, the main objective of this paper is to propose a general and systematic model related to decisions of suppliers management. The model is focused in the strategic decision of partner's choice for information sharing, under an MCDA perspective. Aiming to illustrate the use of the model, the presented a numerical application based on real characteristics from Brazilian automotive industry. Then, it was verified that it is possible that the suppliers' categorisation in levels of collaboration is driving suitable suppliers to share information in appropriate ways. The model differentiates those found in supplier selection literature because it includes 'soft factors', which are more appropriated to partnerships in SCM.

Keywords: bullwhip effect; collaboration; collaborative relationships; information sharing; information system; information technology; supplier management; multicriteria decision making; MCDM; partnerships; strategic alliances; supplier selection; Brazil; automotive suppliers; automobile industry; supply chain management; SCM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2014.058469

International Journal of Management and Decision Making, 2014 Vol.13 No.1, pp.77 - 98

Received: 11 Sep 2012
Accepted: 09 Sep 2013

Published online: 30 May 2014 *

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