A Sensitivity Analysis of ELECTRE Based Stepwise Benchmarking for Policy: the Case of EU Digital Agenda

  • Marijana Petrović University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering
  • Nataša Bojković University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering
  • Mladen Stamenković University of Belgrade, Faculty of Economics
  • Ivan Anić ITS-Information Technology School, Belgrade

Abstract

Research question: This paper introduces a new parameter for evaluating the sensitivity of development paths in ELECTRE (ELimination Et Choix Traduisant la Realité) based stepwise benchmarking model. Motivation: The aim of the research was to devise a 'path sensitivity coefficient' which measures the sensitivity of a development path depending on parameters set by decision-maker (DM). The need for such measure comes from the fact that the hierarchical pre-order of benchmarking units are affected by the DM's subjective decisions on the threshold for declaring outranking relations among them. This consequently may disrupt the sequence of intermediate benchmarks - transitional targets to be followed on the route to the ultimate policy goals. The proposed approach is an extension of a stepwise benchmarking procedure devised by Petrovic et al. (2014) which evaluates development paths based on their gradualism. Idea: In this paper, we propose to characterize development paths by considering both gradualism and sensitivity to outranking thresholds. The standpoint of our research is that in order to make a reliable final choice the DM should be aware that the most gradual path is not necessary the most stable one. Tools: The proposed 'path sensitivity coefficient' combines four level of uncertainty coming from two threshold values set by DM. The coefficient has a relative nature, it points to the “distance” from the theoretically ideal solution - a path fully indifferent to threshold values. An approach to merge coefficients associated with gradualism and stability is also introduced. Data: To illustrate the proposed approach we applied it in the field of digital transformation of EU countries. We exploited indicators and data from Digital Agenda Scoreboard regarding specific policy goals to be achieved until 2020. Findings: The findings imply that the decision on the most gradual development path should be reconsidered in regards to the influence of model parameters. The final choice depends whether DM’s prefers the smoothness of the path or the overall stability in terms of underlying partial preorder.  Contribution: This work contributes to the existing ELECTRE-based stepwise benchmarking by reducing the uncertainty coming from subjective parameterization and allows the DM to be more confident in the final path selection.

Author Biographies

Marijana Petrović, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering

Dr Marijana PETROVIĆ is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Her research area is engineering management and policy in transport and communications, with special interest in policy modelling and quality management with the application of mathematical models and software solutions.

Nataša Bojković, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering

Dr Nataša BOJKOVIĆ is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Her field of interest includes transport sustainability, urban mobility, policy modelling, management methods and decision support systems in transport and communications.

Mladen Stamenković, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Economics

Dr Mladen STAMENKOVIĆ is an Assistant Professor of Economic and mathematical methods and models (Operational Research) at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia. His research area is multiple criteria decision aiding with applications in economic policy.

Ivan Anić, ITS-Information Technology School, Belgrade

Dr Ivan ANIĆ works at ITS-Information Technology School, Belgrade, Serbia. His area of research is multi-criteria decision making with applications. He specially deals with outranking methods and supporting software solutions. He has published a number of scientific papers in this area.

Published
2018-03-06
How to Cite
Petrović, M., Bojković, N., Stamenković, M., & Anić, I. (2018). A Sensitivity Analysis of ELECTRE Based Stepwise Benchmarking for Policy: the Case of EU Digital Agenda. Management:Journal Of Sustainable Business And Management Solutions In Emerging Economies, 23(2), 57-69. doi:10.7595/management.fon.2018.0003
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