Using data envelopment analysis for ranking suppliers in the presence of nondiscretionary factors

Reza Farzipoor Saen*

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Building on the closeness and long-term relationships between buyers and suppliers is a critical success factor to establish a supply chain system. Therefore, the supplier ranking problem becomes the most important issue in implementing a successful supply chain system. Current models of supplier ranking assume that the decision-making criteria are completely discretionary and do not assume supplier ranking in the condition that some factors are nondiscretionary. This paper proposes a method for ranking suppliers in the presence of nondiscretionary factors. A numerical example demonstrates the application of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-243
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Procurement Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Data envelopment analysis
  • DEA
  • Nondiscretionary factors
  • Supplier ranking
  • Supply chain management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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