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An integrated sustainable supplier selection approach using compensatory and non-compensatory decision methods

Chunxia Yu (Academy of Chinese Energy Strategy, China University of Petroleum-Beijing, Beijing, China)
Wenfan Zhao (Academy of Chinese Energy Strategy, China University of Petroleum-Beijing, Beijing, China)
Ming Li (School of Business Administration, China University of Petroleum (Beijing), Beijing, China)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 30 November 2018

Issue publication date: 23 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Due to the increasing awareness of environmental and social issues, many practitioners and researchers have paid attention to sustainable supply chain management. As the performance of suppliers determines the success of supply chains, sustainable supplier selection becomes more and more important. Existing sustainable supplier selection models evaluated the sustainability of suppliers in three aspects (economic, environmental and social) and assumed that values on different criteria can completely compensate for each other directly. However, in reality, criteria in economic, environmental and social aspects are heterogeneous, and the decision-maker’s preferences on criteria belonging to different aspects are different. In this case, values on criteria belonging to different aspects are not allowed to completely compensate for each other directly. To solve this problem, this paper aims to propose a hybrid sustainable supplier selection approach integrating compensatory and non-compensatory decision rules.

Design/methodology/approach

In the proposed approach, the compensatory decision method Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution is used to evaluate performances of suppliers with respect to economic, environmental and social aspects. The non-compensatory decision method Elimination and Choice Translating Reality is used to evaluate performances of suppliers on sustainable criteria comprehensively. Through the proposed approach, only criteria belonging to the same aspects are allowed to compensate for each other directly. Finally, experimental results show that the proposed integrated approach is effective and efficient to help the decision-maker select optimal sustainable suppliers.

Findings

This is an original approach that integrates compensatory and non-compensatory decision rules, which can benefit from the two kinds of decision rules simultaneously. The integrated approach can be used as an aid for companies to select the best sustainable suppliers.

Originality/value

This paper presents an original integrated sustainable supplier selection approach using both compensatory and non-compensatory methods. It can benefit from the advantages of both compensatory and non-compensatory methods. The proposed approach can express preferences of the decision-maker on sustainable criteria sufficiently and maximize economic benefits while meeting environmental needs.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 71501187, 71571191), and the Humanity and Social Science Youth Foundation of Ministry of Education in China (No. 14YJC630179, 15YJCZH081).

Citation

Yu, C., Zhao, W. and Li, M. (2019), "An integrated sustainable supplier selection approach using compensatory and non-compensatory decision methods", Kybernetes, Vol. 48 No. 8, pp. 1782-1805. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-02-2018-0063

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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