A prototype expert system for the evaluation and selection of potential suppliers

Robert J. Vokurka (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA)
Joobin Choobineh (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA)
Lakshmi Vadi (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Publication date: 1 December 1996

Abstract

Suggests that the evaluation and selection of potential suppliers is becoming a more important and critical decision in today’s competitive operating environment. Reveals that many firms are reducing their number of suppliers and the supplier base may provide a company with a strategic competitive advantage. Explains that the supplier selection decision now involves many judgemental factors in addition to the historical selection criteria. Offers a prototype expert system which enables users to evaluate and select a potential supplier based on the strategic importance of the product involved, quantitative data and qualitative factors. The system’s early validation results show its potential as an effective decision‐making aid.

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Vokurka, R., Choobineh, J. and Vadi, L. (1996), "A prototype expert system for the evaluation and selection of potential suppliers", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 16 No. 12, pp. 106-127. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443579610151788

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MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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