Capturing group preferences in a multicriteria decision

Robert F. Easley, Joseph S. Valacich, M. A. Venkataramanan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

59 Scopus citations


This paper examines the extent to which methods used for analyzing judgments from a group of decision makers result in preference rankings which are consistent with the group member's subjective beliefs about their preferences. In a laboratory group decision setting, the Analytic Hierarchy Process, a newly developed probabilistic extension to the AHP, and two pairwise voting methods are used to develop separate preference rankings based on input from the group members. The probabilistic version of the AHP, in its first independent test, is found to provide more insight into the group decision while requiring fewer a priori assumptions. A commonly used and easily implemented pairwise voting procedure is found to be significantly inferior to the other methods in its ability to capture the group's preference rankings. This underscores the importance of using appropriate decision models for developing a full understanding of group preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 16 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management


Dive into the research topics of 'Capturing group preferences in a multicriteria decision'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this