Product evaluation and development process using a fuzzy compromise-based goal programming approach


Tolga E., ALPTEKİN S. E.

JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT & FUZZY SYSTEMS, vol.19, pp.285-301, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT & FUZZY SYSTEMS
  • Page Numbers: pp.285-301

Abstract

Quality function deployment (QFD) is a product/service design and improvement tool used to achieve higher customer satisfaction. Basically, QFD is a transformation of vague and imprecise customer needs into measurable product/service attributes. This article integrates compromise programming based goal programming into the QFD process to determine to what extent the product/service attributes should be improved. The fuzzy set theory is applied to the model to deal with the imprecise nature of data. Differing from existing QFD applications, our proposed methodology applies analytic network process (ANP) to evaluate the inner dependencies among customer needs, among product attributes and also the relationships between them. Furthermore, it determines the best product/service in the market as the goal employing compromise programming. Finally, the methodology ends with the goal programming method which consists of this predefined goal and the product/service provider's budget limitation. The aim is to improve the performance values of the selected product/service according to the best one. A real-world application on e-learning products provided by the higher education institutions in Turkey illustrates the applicability of our proposed methodology.