A novel IFCM integrated distance based hierarchical intuitionistic decision making procedure for agile supplier selection


JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT & FUZZY SYSTEMS, vol.38, no.1, pp.653-662, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.3233/jifs-179438
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC, Metadex, zbMATH, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.653-662
  • Keywords: Intuitionistic fuzzy sets, intuitionistic fuzzy cognitive map, hierarchical decision making, agile supplier selection, PARTNER SELECTION, FUZZY, MODEL, CRITERIA
  • Galatasaray University Affiliated: Yes


Companies should cope with uncertain and unpredictable changes while improving responsiveness capability to survive in dynamic market conditions. In recent years, agility concept becomes more and more popular to meet these requirements in management as well as manufacturing. From supply chain viewpoint, collaborating with agile suppliers is principal for constructing an agile supply chain, which is flexible, quick, and responsive. This paper aims to identify the most suitable agile supplier alternative by introducing a novel distance based hierarchical intuitionistic decision making procedure. The proposed methodology, which deals with uncertain and vague data, allows to represent hesitation by using intuitionistic fuzzy numbers rather than fuzzy numbers that fail to take into account hesitancy. The causal links among evaluation criteria are expressed with intuitionistic fuzzy cognitive map tool that enables to yield the importance degree of each criterion. Moreover, the hierarchical representation of the decision making problem provides an effective analysis with the presence of numerous criteria that are to be considered. The distance based framework is to minimize the distance to the ideal solution while maximizing the distance from the anti-ideal solution in order to determine the most appropriate agile supplier alternative. The case study is conducted in a dye manufacturer that performs in Turkish dye industry.