Soft Computing

, Volume 22, Issue 16, pp 5547–5559 | Cite as

Balancing strategic contributions and financial returns: a project portfolio selection model under uncertainty

  • Yuntao Guo
  • Lin WangEmail author
  • Suike Li
  • Zhi Chen
  • Yin Cheng


This paper constructs a project portfolio selection model from the strategic perspective. Two goals are proposed for the portfolio to achieve, i.e., strategic contributions and financial returns. The uncertainties involved are addressed with fuzzy real options. Then, a modified multi-objective genetic algorithm is designed to determine the portfolios. Finally, a real case is provided to validate the model’s effectiveness. The results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm can optimize two objectives simultaneously and keep the plausible Pareto-optimal set which wins over the single-objective model solutions in achieving the shared value.


Objective trade-offs Project portfolio selection Fuzzy real options Multi-objective genetic algorithm 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71172123), Natural Science Basic Research Plan in Shaanxi Province of China (Program No. 2015JM7382), Social Science Foundation in Shaanxi Province of China (Program No. 2015R005), Soft Science Research Plan in Shaanxi Province of China (Program No. 2015KRM039).

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The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuntao Guo
    • 1
  • Lin Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Suike Li
    • 1
  • Zhi Chen
    • 1
  • Yin Cheng
    • 1
  1. 1.Management SchoolNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina

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