Pub. online:1 Jan 2018Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 29, Issue 4 (2018), pp. 773–800
Green supplier selection has recently become one of the key strategic considerations in green supply chain management, due to regulatory requirements and market trends. It can be regarded as a multi-criteria group decision-making (MCGDM) problem, in which a set of alternatives are evaluated with respect to multiple criteria. MCGDM methods based on Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and TOPSIS (Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution) are widely used in solving green supplier selection problems. However, the classic AHP must conduct large amounts of pairwise comparisons to derive a consistent result due to its complex structure. Meanwhile, the classic TOPSIS only considers one single negative idea solution in selecting suppliers, which is insufficiently cautious. In this study, an improved TOPSIS integrated with Best-Worst Method (BWM) is developed to solve MCGDM problems with intuitionistic fuzzy information in the context of green supplier selection. The BWM is investigated to derive criterion weights, and the improved TOPSIS method is proposed to obtain decision makers’ weights in terms of different criteria. Moreover, the developed TOPSIS-based coefficient is used to rank alternatives. Finally, a green supplier selection problem in the agri-food industry is presented to validate the proposed approach followed by sensitivity and comparative analyses.