Benchmarking with network DEA in a fuzzy environment
Benchmarking is a powerful and thriving tool to enhance the performance and profitabilities of organizations in business engineering. Though performance benchmarking has practically and theoretically developed in distinct fields such as banking, education, health and so on, supply chain benchmarking across multiple echelons that includes certain characteristics such as intermediate measure differs from other fields. In spite of incremental benchmarking activities in practice, there is the dearth of a unified and effective guideline for benchmarking in organizations. Amongst the benchmarking tools, data envelopment analysis (DEA) as a non-parametric technique has been widely used to measure the relative efficiency of firms. However, the conventional DEA models that are bearing out precise input and output data turn out to be incapable of dealing with uncertainty, particularly when the gathered data encompasses natural language expressions and human judgements. In this paper, we present an imprecise network benchmarking for the purpose of reflecting the human judgments with the fuzzy values rather than precise numbers. In doing so, we propose the fuzzy network DEA models to compute the overall system scale and technical efficiency of those organizations whose internal structure is known. A classification scheme is presented based upon their fuzzy efficiencies with the aim of classifying the organizations. We finally provide a case study of the airport and travel sector to elucidate the details of the proposed method in this study.
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Citation : Hatami-Marbini, A. (2017) Benchmarking with network DEA in a fuzzy environment. RAIRO - Operations Research, 53 (2), pp. 687-703
Research Institute : Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)
Peer Reviewed : Yes