Multiple Criteria Partner Selection in Virtual Enterprises

  • José António Crispim
  • Jorge Pinho de Sousa
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 243)


A virtual enterprise (VE) is a temporary organization that pools member enterprises core competencies and exploits fast changing market opportunities Partner selection can be viewed as a multi-criteria decision making problem that involves assessing trade-offs between conflicting tangible and intangible criteria, and stating preferences based on incomplete or non-available information. In general, this is a very complex problem due to the large number of alternatives and criteria of different types. In this paper we propose an integrated approach to rank alternative VE configurations using an extension of the TOPSIS method for fuzzy data, improved through the use of a tabu search meta-heuristic. Preliminary computational results clearly demonstrate its potential for practical application.


Fuzzy Number Tabu Search Tabu List Collaborative Network Virtual Enterprise 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • José António Crispim
    • 1
  • Jorge Pinho de Sousa
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidade do MinhoPortugal
  2. 2.INESC PortoFaculty of Engineering Univ. PortoPortugal

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