Ranking of productivity improvement strategies in Iran mineral sector based on integrated SWOT-FAHP-FTOPSIS analysis

  • R. Shakoor Shahabi
  • M. H. Basiri
  • Mahdi Rashidi Kahag
Original Paper


The Iran’s mineral sector, as a major supplier of mineral industries, plays a central role on Iran economy. Promoting the productivity in this area leads to the enhancement of the business environment. Also, it can influence the production chain and minerals value added. In this study, a comprehensive study was conducted on the major barriers/drivers factors affecting the efficiency in the mining sector. Furthermore, 16 key factors were identified using the expert views. These parameters are divided into four main categories: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. In addition, a hierarchy model was designed in which the mentioned four efficient strategic parameters were implemented and the SWOT analysis was applied, as well as the nine macro strategies were determined. In order to prioritize these strategies, multiple steps were carried out. First, the subfactors were weighted by implementing the fuzzy multi attribute decision-making technique by combining the experts’ views and triangular fuzzy numbers. Subsequently, the strategies were prioritized by employing the group Fuzzy Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) model. The sensitive analysis of the results presents some minor changes in score of the alternatives, but no alteration was affected in the prioritized strategies. The results revealed the importance of resource allocation strategies related to the existing investments as well as supporting and facilitating the new technology in the mining sector.


Ranking Productivity SWOT Fuzzy AHP Fuzzy TOPSIS Iran mineral sector 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Shakoor Shahabi
    • 1
  • M. H. Basiri
    • 2
  • Mahdi Rashidi Kahag
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringImam Khomeini International UniversityQazvinIran
  2. 2.Faculty of EngineeringTarbiat modares UniversityTehranIran
  3. 3.Young Researchers and Elite Club Qazvin Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityQazvinIran

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