Supplier selection using the rough BWM-MAIRCA model: A case study in pharmaceutical supplying in Libya

  • Ibrahim Badi Misurata University, Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, Libya
  • Mohamed Ballem Misurata University, Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, Libya
Keywords: Supplier Selection, Multi-criteria Decision-making, Rough Numbers, BWM, MAIRCA


The quality of health system in Libya has witnessed a considerable decline since the revolution in 2011. One of the major problems this sector is facing is the loss of control over supply medicines and pharmaceutical equipments from international suppliers for both public and private sectors. In order to take the right decision and select the best medical suppliers among the available ones, many criteria have to be considered and tested. This paper presents a multiple criteria decision-making analysis using   modified BWM (Best-Worst method) and MAIRCA (Multi-Attribute Ideal-Real Comparative Analysis) methods. In the present case study five criteria and three suppliers are identified for supplier selection. The results of the study show that cost comes first, followed by quality as the second and company profile as the third relevant criterion. The model was tested and validated on a study of the optimal selection of supplier.


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Badi, I., & Ballem, M. (2018). Supplier selection using the rough BWM-MAIRCA model: A case study in pharmaceutical supplying in Libya. Decision Making: Applications in Management and Engineering, 1(2), 16-33.