انتخاب سیستم های مدیریت برای توسعه پایدار در شرکتهای متوسط: مدل هیبریدی جدید بر پایه DEMATEL، ANP و ZOGP
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|29340||2009||15 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||9230 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Expert Systems with Applications, Volume 36, Issue 2, Part 1, March 2009, Pages 1444–1458
In recent years, sustainable development strategy for enterprises has become an important issue around the globe. There are four management systems (i.e. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, and SA 8000) that can help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to create sustainable competitive advantages. In view of the fact that the shortage of resources – time, personnel, as well as money – rules most SMEs, this paper proposes a novel hybrid model for selecting optimal management systems under resource constraints, and illustrates the practical application of such a model through an example. This model first applies the Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) approach to construct interrelations among criteria that organizations require. The second step is to obtain the criterion weights through ANP. Lastly, ANP is integrated with a zero–one goal programming (ZOGP) model to obtain optimal alternatives with desired organizational benefits by fully utilizing limited resources. The purpose of this study is to present an integrated approach that could cope with the interdependencies among various criteria and deal with the constraints on resources, and to demonstrate how to select management systems for phased implementation. Therefore, the main contribution of this paper is to enhance the capacity of SMEs to effectively address the challenge of sustainable development through a novel model of prioritizing available management systems.
According to the Brundtland committee’s report “Our Common Future”, sustainability is defined as the ability to “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (WCED, 1987). At the Rio Summit in 1992, the United Nations further expanded the above definition and adopted a set of principles to guide future sustainable development. The Declaration on Environment and Development defines the rights of people toward development, and their responsibilities to safeguard the common environment (Quaddus & Siddique, 2001). From then on, environmental and sustainable development issues have been pushed to a higher priority on social agendas. In taking a note from the “3 Ps” of Marketing, sustainable development can be said to have its own version of the “3 Ps”, i.e. People, Planet, and Profit. All three aspects have to be satisfied before an entrepreneurial activity to be labeled as sustainable (Crals & Vereeck, 2005). Therefore, firms applying the concepts are often referred to as managing to the “triple bottom line” (Elkington, 1997). This approach to business – taking environmental, social and financial results into consideration in the development and implementation of a corporate business strategy – is a movement gaining momentum around the world. Many companies are evaluating and reporting on their social and environmental performance, in response to demands from consumers, employees and communities (Mowat, 2002). To achieve the goal of “triple bottom line of sustainability”, the implementation and certification of quality (ISO 9001), environmental (ISO 14001) and occupational health and safety (OHSAS 18001) systems has become an important activity (Zeng, Shi, & Lou, 2007). ISO 9001 has contributed to better quality, higher productivity, greater customer satisfaction, and greater profit. ISO 14001 has contributed to better environmental performance, greater eco-efficiency, greener products, and more transparency for and acceptance by external environmentally concerned stakeholders. OHSAS 18001 has contributed to safer and healthier workplaces, more efficient work processes, improved employee perceptions of the working environment, and greater recruitment attractiveness. SA 8000 has contributed to achieving higher social accountability and better employees’ quality of life (Robson et al., 2007, Rohitratana, 2002 and Zwetsloot, 2003). In short, implementation of management systems would generate benefits for profit (quality), planet (environment) and people (health & safety and social accountability) to become sustainable entrepreneurs. Today, these four management systems still have great potential for the companies those have not yet implemented them. While the gains of a whole range of sustainability certificates can be substantial in terms of risk control, improvement in business relationships with large companies, and good reputation, the question is being raised regarding how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can achieve sustainable entrepreneurs. Shortage of resources – time, manpower, as well as money – is the rule for most SMEs (Crals & Vereeck, 2005). According to the resource-based view (Penrose, 1959), differences in resources should be utilized and lead to differences in sustainable competitive advantages. However, when SMEs brand themselves as sustainable entrepreneurs, they should be willing to devote time and effort to the project and select a simple, pragmatic and effective format that is tailored to their needs and compatible with their competitive strategies (Crals & Vereeck, 2005). Under the constraints of finite resources and budgets, SMEs cannot implement all the required management systems simultaneously. The decision-making involved in selecting appropriate management systems to create sustainable competitive advantages is a very important topic, which can be formulated as a multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) problem. There is still a lack of study regarding the integration of interdependent objectives of the SMEs and the allocation of the limited resources to selecting management systems so far; the paper thus presents a novel integrated model to solve this problem. To identify the interactions among evaluation criteria of alternative systems, the Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) approach (Fontela & Gabus, 1976) is used to construct a network structure with interdependent relationships. We could extract the mutual relationships of interdependencies among various criteria and the strength of interdependence (Tamura & Akazawa, 2005) by using this method. Since these criteria are not independent, the conventional AHP, which is assumed as criteria independence, is not suitable to evaluate an MCDM problem in the real world. The ANP (Analytic network process) was proposed by Saaty (1996) to overcome the problem of dependence and feedback among criteria or alternatives (Liou, Tzeng, & Chang, 2007). Furthermore, the ANP approach is used to decide the relative weights of the criteria. It improves the visibility of decision-making processes and generates the priorities between the decision alternatives. In order to provide a systematic approach to set priorities among multi-criteria and trade-off among objectives, ANP is applied prior to goal programming formulation. The priorities obtained through ANP are then combined with a zero–one goal programming (ZOGP) model to handle the interactions between organizational objectives and the constraints on resources. The purpose of this study is to present an integrated approach that could cope with the interdependencies among various criteria and the constraints on resources, and to demonstrate how to select management systems for phased implementation. Therefore, the main contribution of this paper is to enhance the capacity of SMEs to address the challenge of sustainable development more effectively through a novel model by prioritizing available management systems. The rest of this paper is organized as follows. Sections 2 will review the literature on four management systems. Section 3 presents an integrated model for selecting management systems. An example for application has been illustrated in Section 4. Furthermore, several scenarios for different ANP priority weights and resources conditions are taken into account to verify the effectiveness of the model. Conclusions are presented in Section 5.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Sustainable management defines a form of management, which clearly states that enhancing the value of a business is not only about continuously increasing revenues and profits, but also about reconciling the economic prosperity of a business with environmental quality and social justice (cf. Elkington, 1997). Sustainable management is the combination of management theory and the concept of sustainable development (Daub & Ergenzinger, 2005); SMEs could implement “sustainable management” through four management systems (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, and SA 8000) to achieve their goal of sustainable development. SMEs are resource constrained and could therefore benefit from a systematic evaluation of the management systems available to them to help address sustainability challenges. Thus, this paper integrates the DEMATEL, ANP and ZOGP methods to form a new hybrid MCDM model for reaching effective problem-solving. The particular characteristic of this model is that it integrates DEMATEL and ANP to consider the interdependencies among criteria and get prioritization of projects. Just looking at priorities of the projects is not enough to select the best alternatives in a limited resource environment. For this reason, ZOGP is used to select the best alternatives within resource constraints. Depending on evaluating result, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 systems are selected as optimal alternatives. This illustrative example demonstrates that the proposed integrated model can attain an optimal decision for selecting management systems. The process presented in this paper represents a relevant model for managing the organizational requirements and the resource constraints in order to select appropriate systems. Furthermore, a scenario analysis based on the change of experts’ preference and the increase of resources is also provided. The objective of scenario analysis is to provide an insight to decision makers when any parameters are changing. The DEMATEL method successfully computes the effects among criteria, it can effectively divide a set of complex factors into dispatcher group and receiver group, and transform into a visible structural model. The benefits of using the ANP approach for selecting the management system come from the explicit priority weights among alternative systems. Besides, the ZOGP model assists organizations with the full utilization of limited resources for optimal management systems implementation planning. Using the ZOGP model can help the organization without exceeding both their budget and the allocated time frame. The integrated model thus overcomes some of the shortcomings of AHP. While an SME can afford to invest in one ISO certification, to obtain all certificates in order to signal to the external world that the company is a sustainable entrepreneur may prove costly for an SME (Crals & Vereeck, 2005). While the advantages are many, how do SMEs address the challenge of sustainable development more effectively? They can apply a phased implementation approach under the constraints of available resources. The other important particularity of this proposed method might be translated towards the various types of decision-making. From the integral data and information collecting process, the organization could fully understand their requirements and evaluate differences between the data models.