Using fuzzy multi-agent decision-making in environmentally conscious supplier management

H. C. Zhang, J. Li

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Integrating environmental issues into supplier management is a challenge to manufacturers. Environmental performance is hard to quantify and difficult to compare with other criteria such as price and quality. This paper proposes a fuzzy multi-agent decision-making strategy to facilitate supplier management. A fuzzy model is used to evaluate the environmental performance of the suppliers and the life cycle environmental impact of the purchased product. Through analyzing manufacturer's business strategy, combined with other decision parameters, an optimal supplier is selected under fuzzy multi-criteria decision analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-388
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003


  • Environmental impact
  • Fuzzy simulation
  • Multi-criteria decision making


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