See Luitzen de Boer (former Assistant Professor)

Boer, L. de and Wegen, L.L.M. van der, Practice and promise of formal supplier selection: a study of four empirical cases, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 2003 (abstract)

In this paper, a quasi-experimental study of formal decision-making models for supplier selection is described. Special attention is paid to the first phases in the supplier selection process: the need for a new supplier and the formulation of decision criteria. It appears from the experiments that formal decision models may prove to be useful in various ways throughout the whole supplier selection process and in different purchasing situations.

Keywords: supplier selection, decision models