Multiattribute electronic procurement using goal programming

Kameshwaran, S. ; Narahari, Y. ; Rosa, Charles H. ; Kulkarni, Devadatta M. ; Tew, Jeffrey D. (2007) Multiattribute electronic procurement using goal programming European Journal of Operational Research, 179 (2). pp. 518-536. ISSN 0377-2217

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One of the key challenges of current day electronic procurement systems is to enable procurement decisions transcend beyond a single attribute such as cost. Consequently, multiattribute procurement have emerged as an important research direction. In this paper, we develop a multiattribute e-procurement system for procuring large volume of a single item. Our system is motivated by an industrial procurement scenario for procuring raw material. The procurement scenario demands multiattribute bids, volume discount cost functions, inclusion of business constraints, and consideration of multiple criteria in bid evaluation. We develop a generic framework for an e-procurement system that meets the above requirements. The bid evaluation problem is formulated as a mixed linear integer multiple criteria optimization problem and goal programming is used as the solution technique. We present a case study for which we illustrate the proposed approach and a heuristic is proposed to handle the computational complexity arising out of the cost functions used in the bids.

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Keywords:Goal Programming; e-procurement; Multiattribute Auctions; Multiple Criteria Optimization; Configurable Bids; Business Rules; Volume Discount Cost Functions; Bid Evaluation Problem; Mixed Integer Linear Program
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