An MCDM-DEA approach for technology selection


1 Assistant Prof., Dep. of Industrial Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Dep. of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran,

3 Assistant Professor, Dep. of Industrial Management, Islamic Azad University, Qazvin Branch, Qazvin, Iran

4 Assistant Professor, Dep. of Mathematics, Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch, Karaj, Iran


Technology selection is an important part of management of technology. Recently Karsak and Ahiska (2005) proposed a novel common weight multiple criteria decision making (MCDM) methodology for selection of the best Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) candidates based on a number of attributes. However, Amin et al. (2006), by means of a numerical example demonstrated the convergence difficulty of the Karsak and Ahiska algorithms, and then introduced an improvement model to rectify that running problem. This paper presents an MCDM-DEA methodology in order to evaluate the relative efficiency of AMTs with respect to multiple outputs and a single exact input. Using displaced ideal methodology, a practical common weight is developed and its robustness and discriminating power are illustrated via a previously reported robot evaluation problem by comparing the ranking obtained by the proposed MCDM framework with that obtained by a data envelopment analysis (DEA) classic model.