A decision model for ranking suppliers in the presence of cardinal and ordinal data, weight restrictions, and nondiscretionary factors

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Selecting an appropriate supplier for outsourcing is now one of the most important decisions of the purchasing department. This paper proposes a model for ranking suppliers in the presence of weight restrictions, nondiscretionary factors, and cardinal and ordinal data. A numerical example demonstrates the application of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-192
Number of pages16
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


  • Cardinal and ordinal data
  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Nondiscretionary factors
  • Supplier ranking
  • Weights restriction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Decision Sciences
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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