Integrated project evaluation and selection using multiple-attribute decision-making technique

Dey, Prasanta K. Integrated project evaluation and selection using multiple-attribute decision-making technique. International Journal of Production Economics, 103 (1), pp. 90-103.

Abstract

The evaluation and selection of industrial projects before investment decision is customarily done using marketing, technical and financial information. Subsequently, environmental impact assessment and social impact assessment are carried out mainly to satisfy the statutory agencies. Because of stricter environment regulations in developed and developing countries, quite often impact assessment suggests alternate sites, technologies, designs, and implementation methods as mitigating measures. This causes considerable delay to complete project feasibility analysis and selection as complete analysis requires to be taken up again and again till the statutory regulatory authority approves the project. Moreover, project analysis through above process often results sub-optimal project as financial analysis may eliminate better options, as more environment friendly alternative will always be cost intensive. In this circumstance, this study proposes a decision support system, which analyses projects with respect to market, technicalities, and social and environmental impact in an integrated framework using analytic hierarchy process, a multiple-attribute decision-making technique. This not only reduces duration of project evaluation and selection, but also helps select optimal project for the organization for sustainable development. The entire methodology has been applied to a cross-country oil pipeline project in India and its effectiveness has been demonstrated. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2004.11.018
Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & information management
Aston Business School > Operations & information management research group
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Uncontrolled Keywords: analytic hierarchy process,decision support system,oil pipelines,project analysis,Economics and Econometrics,Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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