International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2557

Full Length Research Paper

Middle managers selection for third-party logistics service providers

Ji-Feng Ding1* and Chien-Chang Chou2
  1Department of Aviation and Maritime Transportation Management, Chang Jung Christian University, No. 396, Sec. 1, Chang-Rong Rd., Gui-Ren, Tainan County 711, Taiwan. 2Department of Shipping Technology, National Kaohsiung Marine University, No. 482, Chung-Chou 3rd Rd., Chi-Chin, Kaohsiung City 805, Taiwan.
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  •  Accepted: 12 January 2011
  •  Published: 04 February 2011



Since the selection of middle managers is critical to the development of organizations forthird-party logistics service providers (3PLs), how do the organizations of 3PLs select and recruit competent middle managers? The decision-making for middle managers selection poses a multi-criteria problem and faces a fuzzy environment. Hence, the aim of this paper is to develop a fuzzy multiple criteria decision-making (MCDM) model, to select middle managers for 3PLs. At first, some concepts and methods used to develop a fuzzy MCDM model are introduced. Secondly, to effectively select middle managers for 3PLs, three steps of a fuzzy MCDM algorithm are proposed. Finally, a step-by-step numerical example is illustrated by using the proposed fuzzy MCDM approach. The illustrated example shows that the proposed method can successfully accomplish the study’s goal.


Key words: Middle managers, third-party logistics service provider, fuzzy MCDM.