The selection of the outsourcing manufacturing partners (OMPs) is an important issue for research and development (RD) in the pharmaceutical industry. The selection process considers several main criteria, as well as a few sub-criteria for each main criterion. Such problems can be formulated as hierarchical structures and can usually be resolved with multi-criteria decision-making approaches. This paper presents an integrated fuzzy approach for selecting a suitable OMP in pharmaceutical RD. In the integrated approach, fuzzy concepts are used for decision-makers' subjective judgments to reflect the vague nature of the selection process. Fuzzy AHP and fuzzy TOPSIS are included in the integrated approach. Fuzzy AHP is used to determine the fuzzy weights of criteria and sub-criteria because it can effectively determine various criteria's weights in a hierarchical structure. Fuzzy TOPSIS aims to find the OMP with the best performance with respect to the sub-criteria. We exemplify the integrated approach using a numerical application to demonstrate its feasibility.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering