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A must-have reference resource for qualitative management researchers, this dictionary contains over 90 entries covering the fundamentals of qualitative methodologies; covering both analysis and implementation. Each entry gives an introduction to the topic, lists the key relevant features, gives a worked example, a concise summary and a selection of further reading suggestions. It is suitable for researchers and academics who need a handy and quick point of reference.

Analytic Hierarchy Process
Analytic hierarchy process
Introduction

The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), introduced by T.L. Saaty, is a well-known and popular method of multicriteria decision support (Saaty, 1977, 1980). As an aid to multicriteria decision making (MCDM), it produces a series of priority values used to preference rank a group of alternatives, based on pairwise comparisons of criteria and alternatives (over the different criteria). Its application in management research includes transport planning (Saaty, 1995).

The main directions of development of the original AHP include fuzzy versions (Zhu et al., 1999), interval versions (Haines, 1998) and Monte Carlo simulation versions (Carmone et al., 1997). As a popular technique, it is not without its criticism, with a number of concerns highlighted on its operation, including the scale values used and priority ...

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