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Assessment of working capital requirements by fuzzy set theory

VELLANKI S.S. KUMAR (Department of Civil Engineering, University College of Engineering (Autonomous), Osmania University, Hyderabad 500 007, India)
AWAD S. HANNA (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2260 Engineering Hall, Madison, WI 53706, USA)
TERESA ADAMS (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2260 Engineering Hall, Madison, WI 53706, USA)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 1 January 2000

Abstract

The systematic assessment of working capital requirement in construction projects deals with the analysis of various quantitative and qualitative factors in which information is subjective and based on uncertainty. There exists an inherent difficulty in the classical approach to evaluate the impact of qualitative factors for the assessment of working capital requirement. This paper presents a methodology to incorporate linguistic variables into workable mathematical propositions for the assessment of working capital using fuzzy set theory. This article takes into consideration the uncertainty associated with many of the project resource variables and these are reflected satisfactorily in the working capital computations. A case study illustrates the application of the fuzzy set approach. The results of the case study demonstrate the superiority of the fuzzy set approach to classical methods in the assessment of realistic working capital requirements for construction projects.

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KUMAR, V.S.S., HANNA, A.S. and ADAMS, T. (2000), "Assessment of working capital requirements by fuzzy set theory", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 93-103. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb021135

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