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Evaluation of safety-based performance in construction projects with neutrosophic data envelopment analysis

Jianzhong Li (School of Economics and Management, Hubei University of Automotive Technology, Shiyan, China)
Alhanouf Alburaikan (Department of Mathematics, College of Science and Arts, Al-Badaya, Qassim University, Buraydah, Saudi Arabia)
Rita de Fátima Muniz (Federal University of Ceará, Federal University of Ceará Technology Centre, Fortaleza, Brazil)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 28 April 2022

Issue publication date: 16 March 2023




The main purpose of this paper is to create a suitable structure based on neutrosophic numbers to evaluate the safety performance in construction projects in such a way that the shortcomings can be highlighted with the reasoned measurement and possible strategies can be recommended.


Data envelopment analysis (DEA), which is a useful tool for performance appraisal, along with neutrosophic logic, which is one of the most complete tools for handling uncertainty phenomenon, has been used to evaluate the safety performance of construction projects. With this hybrid model, a new strategy is considered as an indicator for safety performance and comparisons are made between different units.


A total of 35 Chinese organizations with construction projects lasting between 1.5 and 2 years were selected for comparison. After processing the data into neutrosophic numbers and using the NN-DEA model, it can be found that projects that pay more attention to safety issues such as training and equipment are more efficient.


Since in the real world, there are uncertainties with different contradictions, and neutrosophical data can handle many of these challenges, using DEA model with neutrosophic numbers to evaluate the performance of construction projects from a safety perspective, can provide significantly better results. Therefore, considering that no study has been presented in this field so far, the authors will deal with this topic.



This work was sponsored in part by Hubei Educational Science Planning Project(2021GA035) and Project of Hubei Higher Education Society (2021ZB31).

Retraction notice: The publishers of Management Decisions wish to retract the article “Evaluation of safety-based performance in construction projects with neutrosophic data envelopment analysis” by J. Li, A. Alburaikan & R. de Fátima Muniz (2022) which appeared ahead of print and was submitted to the Special Issue: The Neutrosophical Approach: Applications in Management Decision and Organizational Research Methods.

We have been made aware of compromises to the peer review process and as a result the standard of the article does not meet those expected by the journal.

The publishers of the journal sincerely apologize to the readers.


Li, J., Alburaikan, A. and de Fátima Muniz, R. (2023), "Evaluation of safety-based performance in construction projects with neutrosophic data envelopment analysis", Management Decision, Vol. 61 No. 2, pp. 552-568.



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