Integrated Model of Problem Structuring and Multicriteria Group Decision Making for Social Sustainable Development

  • Danielle Costa Morais UFPE
  • Adiel Teixeira De Almeida UFPE
Keywords: Soft System Methodology, Multicriteria, Sustainable development, Soft and Hard OR, Group Decision.

Abstract

Many social decisions in the real world are characterized by deep
complexity, not only in terms of economic aspects, but also dealing with
sustainability policy problems. Indeed, the emphasis to find a solution by
representing the situation and its relationships in a decision problem only
mathematically, focused simply in restricts views, is not enough. Nowadays, to
make a social decision is imperative to promote a group discussion to find a
sustainable solution and to input more emotional arguments into the problem.
However, although there are several methods of problem structuring (soft OR)
and methods to evaluate the problem (hard OR), there are still few works
dealing with the integration of these two approaches. This paper proposes a
group decision model, integrating tools of problem structuring and multicriteria
evaluation. The problem structuring approach is used to facilitate and to share
information starting from the participative development, as a way to generate
alternative ideas of solution and to improve the learning process among all the
involved members. The multicriteria evaluation is used to find a global solution
for the problem, incorporating the points of view of all members involved in the
decision process. The purpose of this model is to generate a richer and more
effective way of handling the problem situation.

 

Author Biographies

Danielle Costa Morais, UFPE

Danielle Costa Morais received her B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering
from the Pernambuco University (UPE), Recife, Brazil and MSc and PhD
degrees in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Pernambuco
(UFPE), Brazil. She is assistant professor of the Production Engineering
Department at Federal University of Pernambuco since 2007. Her research
interest includes Group Decision and Negotiation, Operational Research and
Water Resources Management.

 

Adiel Teixeira De Almeida, UFPE

Adiel Teixeira de Almeida is professor in the Production Engineering
Department at Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) and director of the
research group on information and decision systems (UFPE). He received his
PhD degree in Management Engineering from The University of Birmingham,
UK, in 1995. He received BSc and MSc degrees in engineering. His research
interest includes multi-criteria decision methods, decision theory, project
management, information systems, reliability, maintenance,quality, and risk
management.

 

Published
2010-05-21
How to Cite
Morais, D., & De Almeida, A. (2010). Integrated Model of Problem Structuring and Multicriteria Group Decision Making for Social Sustainable Development. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 6(2), 27-49. Retrieved from https://bjopm.emnuvens.com.br/bjopm/article/view/V7N2A2