Title: An integrated approach for prioritising road projects for implementation using AHP

Authors: Christian Tabi Amponsah

Addresses: Faculty of Business and Management, University Canada West, Vancouver, BC V3S 4P7, Canada

Abstract: This paper presents the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) as a potential decision making method for prioritising road projects for implementation. A hierarchical structure is constructed with data from a regional road directorate's scheduled potential roads for implementation based on commonly known factors used by agencies for selecting projects. An integrated factor base (IFB) is developed for prioritising road projects, taking into consideration the social, legal, environmental, economical, political and technological (SLEEPT) influence of roads. By applying the AHP, candidate projects can be prioritised in descending order of the most viable project to be selected for implementation. The paper shows the adequacy of the AHP and proposes the use of the 'Expert Choice', - a simplified professional software, available commercially and designed for implementing AHP. It is hoped that this will encourage the application of the AHP by project officials and other project management professionals for implementing projects.

Keywords: AHP; analytical hierarchy process; decision making; IFB; integrated factor base; project management; project selection; road projects; SLEEPT; social influence; legal influence; environmental influence; economic influence; political influence; technological influence; project prioritisation.

DOI: 10.1504/JIBED.2015.070443

Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, 2015 Vol.8 No.2, pp.128 - 143

Available online: 06 Jul 2015 *

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