Using DSS methods in selecting operations management software

Avraham Shtub*, Israel Spiegler, Adi Kapeliuk

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The multitude of software packages available today for production and operations management creates a selection problem. This paper proposes a methodology and a tool to aid decision makers in evaluating and selecting the most appropriate package for their firm. The methodology deals with manufacturing resource planning (MRP) software and outlines two phases: the enumeration of an extensive list of criteria for MRP and the identification of a decision-making method to be used on the basis of these criteria. The analytic hierarchy process (AHP), also selected by the methodology, is applied to an actual case where a software package is selected for an industrial enterprise. Organizational and human implications resulting from the introduction of an MRP package are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-220
Number of pages10
JournalComputer Integrated Manufacturing Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1988


  • analytic hierarchical process (AHP), database management
  • decision support systems (DSSs)
  • manufacturing resource planning (MRP)
  • material requirement planning
  • production and operation management


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