Neural Computing and Applications

, Volume 28, Issue 12, pp 3683–3696 | Cite as

A hybrid goal programming and dynamic data envelopment analysis framework for sustainable supplier evaluation

  • Madjid TavanaEmail author
  • Hadi Shabanpour
  • Saeed Yousefi
  • Reza Farzipoor Saen
Original Article


The evaluation of sustainable suppliers is one of the most complex tasks in sustainable supply chain management (SSCM). Classical data envelopment analysis (DEA) and dynamic DEA (DDEA) models are heavily dependent on historical data and do not forecast future efficiencies of decision-making units (DMUs). The primary objective of this paper is to present a new predictive paradigm for ranking sustainable suppliers in SSCM. The proposed model combines goal programming and DDEA in an integrated and seamless paradigm to determine the future efficiencies of DMUs (suppliers). It also shifts the decision maker’s role from monitoring the past to planning the future. A case study is presented to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed model and exhibit the efficacy of the procedures and algorithms.


Dynamic data envelopment analysis Goal programming Sustainable supplier selection Benchmarking Decision-making units Efficiency evaluation 



The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers and the editor for their insightful comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madjid Tavana
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Hadi Shabanpour
    • 3
  • Saeed Yousefi
    • 4
  • Reza Farzipoor Saen
    • 4
  1. 1.Business Systems and Analytics Department, Distinguished Chair of Business AnalyticsLa Salle UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Business Information Systems Department, Faculty of Business Administration and EconomicsUniversity of PaderbornPaderbornGermany
  3. 3.Young Researchers and Elite Club, Karaj BranchIslamic Azad UniversityKarajIran
  4. 4.Department of Industrial Management, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Karaj BranchIslamic Azad UniversityKarajIran

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