The Analytic Hierarchy & the Analytic Network Processes in Multicriteria Decision Making: A Comparative Study

Date of Award

Spring 2006

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Engineering Management & Systems Engineering


Engineering Management

Committee Director

Rafeal E. Landaeta

Committee Member

Resit Unal

Committee Member

Gaith Rabadi

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.E555 T37 2006


The objective of this investigation is to identify the critical benefits and factors of decision making models in a changing technological environment. Decision making models are helping tools for the managers or decision makers to make future plans by using qualitative or quantitative data. In this research, a general idea about decision making models and, comparison between the two important models, the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and the Analytical Network Process (ANP), are introduced. The research was done by using the information in the literature and expert judgment. This paper can be used by academics as a foundation for further research and development in the area of decision making models. Managers can use this paper for choosing the right decision making method in a variety of constraints, such as time, budget, human resources etc. Also it can be used for further development in establishing standard operational decision making procedures in crisis situations.


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