Contractor selection using the analytic network process

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Contractor selection is one of the main activities of clients. Without a proper and accurate method for selecting the most appropriate contractor, the performance of the project will be affected. The multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) is suggested to be a viable method for contractor selection. The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) has been used as a tool for MCDM. However, AHP can only be employed in hierarchical decision models. For complicated decision problems, the analytic network process (ANP) is highly recommended since ANP allows interdependent influences specified in the model. An example is demonstrated to illustrate how this method is conducted, including the formation of supermatrix and the limit matrix. Copyright © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1021-1032
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


Cheng, E. W. L., & Li, H. (2004). Contractor selection using the analytic network process. Construction Management and Economics, 22(10), 1021-1032. doi: 10.1080/0144619042000202852


  • Analytic network process
  • Analytic hierarchy process
  • Multi‐criteria decision making
  • Contractor selection


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