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Structuring a model for supplier selection

Maria Creuza Borges de Araújo (Department of Management Engineering, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)
Luciana Hazin Alencar (Department of Management Engineering, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)
Joana Coelho Viana (Department of Management Engineering, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 16 November 2015




This paper aims to put forward a group multicriteria supplier selection model to select suppliers adequate to companies needs in food industries. Selecting the right suppliers has become a strategic problem for firms. This decision should take into account several factors,which involve both quantitative and qualitative considerations and,usually,includes many interested parties.


The proposed model consists of two phases. Initially,a survey of food industries in Brazil was carried out so as to identify the factors that should be considered in the supplier selection decision process. In the second step,a selection model was developed,based on these findings and the factors identified,and an application of the model was conducted.


This model uses criteria that are important for the food industries in Brazil and,considering this criteria,helps companies to select the adequate suppliers to their needs. Additionally,the model considers the preferences of the managers who actively participate in the process.


The model helps the company in the selection of suppliers,as it is very important for the corporation to have partnerships with suppliers who can adequately meet its needs. Additionally,a group method was applied,which allows all the managers that will be affected by this decision to participate.



The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Level Personnel (CAPES) and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) for the development of this research.


Borges de Araújo, M.C., Hazin Alencar, L. and Coelho Viana, J. (2015), "Structuring a model for supplier selection", Management Research Review, Vol. 38 No. 11, pp. 1213-1232.



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