Title: Multi-criteria decision analysis of classrooms standardisation in a higher education institution

Authors: Valério A.P. Salomon; Pedro J. Alonso; Fernando Augusto Silva Marins

Addresses: Department of Production, Sao Paulo State University, Av. Dr. Ariberto P. Cunha 333, Guaratingueta, SP, Brazil ' Higher Technical School of Engineering, University of Seville, Camino Descubrimientos, S/N, IslaCartuja, Seville, AN, Spain ' Department of Production, Sao Paulo State University, Av. Dr. Ariberto P. Cunha 333, Guaratingueta, SP, Brazil

Abstract: As any other organisation, a higher education institution (HEI) has to manage operations and processes when transforming inputs in outputs. Furniture used in laboratories, offices, and even in the classrooms is an important resource. When there are two or more feasible alternatives for furniture, choosing the best furniture becomes a decision problem. One can make a mono-criterion decision based only on costs. However, furniture selection can be modelled as a multi-criteria decision problem, incorporating attributes as user's comfort and space usage. A multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) methodological framework is presented comprising structuring, measurement, and synthesis. This work presents how a Brazilian HEI applied an MCDA method to standardise furniture to its classrooms. Analytic hierarchy process was applied and the original structuring model benefits-opportunities-costs-risks was adapted. The use of four criteria requiring different types of information (two qualitative criteria and two quantitative criteria) enhances the learning of MCDA, which is a major contribution of this paper.

Keywords: analytical hierarchy process; AHP; higher education; multicriteria decision analysis; MCDA; furniture selection; classroom standardisation; Brazil; benefits opportunities costs risks; BOCR analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBSR.2016.075756

International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 2016 Vol.10 No.2/3/4, pp.394 - 402

Received: 23 Dec 2014
Accepted: 20 Oct 2015

Published online: 25 Mar 2016 *

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