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This book offers a simple introduction to the theory and practice of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) without a pre-requisite for a sophisticated mathematical background. AHP is an intuitive and mathematically simple methodology in the field of multi-criteria decision making in Operational Research (OR). Using Super Decisions v3, the newly developed software by the Creative Decisions Foundations, this book provides a quick and intuitive understanding of AHP using spreadsheet examples and step-by-step software instructions. Super Decisions v3 marks a drastic departure from the previous version 2 in terms of interface and ratings model development. In addition to a concise guide, instructional videos are also available to demonstrate how to use the different features of Super Decisions v3. Most AHP books assume the reader has basic OR mathematical background; however, AHP was developed with the goal that decision makers can take advantage of this methodology without struggling with the mathematics behind it. For this reason, only basic arithmetic knowledge is required from the readers. In conclusion, this book delivers a quick and practical understanding of the AHP methodology that can be useful for corporate executives and decision-makers in all fields.

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Frontmatter

Basics

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Chapter 1. The Need for Another Decision-Making Methodology

Abstract
Henry Mintzberg defined three types of management roles: interpersonal, informational, and decisional (1989). Interpersonal refers to the ability of the manager of being a figure head, motivational, and a liaison with the public (e.g., Steve Jobs at Apple). Informational refers to the manager’s role as information broker and disseminator. Decisional refers to the power and ability of making decisions.
Enrique Mu, Milagros Pereyra-Rojas

Chapter 2. Understanding the Analytic Hierarchy Process

Abstract
In this chapter, we will explain the fundamentals of the Analytic Hierarchy Process. The reader is referred to the original Saaty’s (2012) discussion of AHP or to Brunnelli’s (2015) for a theoretical introduction to the method. In this book, AHP concepts will be explained from a practical point of view, using examples for greater clarity.
Enrique Mu, Milagros Pereyra-Rojas

Chapter 3. Building AHP Models Using Super Decisions v3

Abstract
Super Decisions v3 is the latest version of the software package developed for the analysis, synthesis, and justification of complex decisions based on the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) methodology.
Enrique Mu, Milagros Pereyra-Rojas

Intermediate

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Chapter 4. AHP Models with Sub-criteria Using v3

Abstract
In many situations, it is necessary to add sub-criteria to one or more of the original criteria. The process is very straightforward as it will be shown here. Also, readers are encouraged to review all the Super Decisions documentation provided by the software developer (www.​superdecisions.​com).
Enrique Mu, Milagros Pereyra-Rojas

Chapter 5. Understanding Ratings Models

Abstract
Up to now we have discussed AHP relative models, that is, models in which both the criteria and alternatives are prioritized through pairwise comparison.
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Chapter 6. Ratings Models Using Super Decisions v3

Abstract
In this chapter, we will learn how to build ratings models using Super Decisions v3. This software version is particularly useful for ratings models. It may be useful to review the theoretical discussion of ratings models in a previous chapter titled “Understanding ratings models.” Here we will focus on the how-to aspects of using Super Decisions for ratings models. Readers are encouraged to review the Super Decisions documentation provided by the software developer (http://​www.​creativedecision​s.​net).
Enrique Mu, Milagros Pereyra-Rojas

Chapter 7. Benefit/Cost Analysis Using AHP

Abstract
In today’s world, there are many decisions to be made at every level of management. Learning to closely examine all benefits, opportunities, costs, and risk factors that will affect the decision to launch a project are important skills for decision-makers.
Enrique Mu, Milagros Pereyra-Rojas

Advanced

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Chapter 8. Group Decision-Making in AHP

Abstract
Complex problems usually require the participation of many experts. One reason for this situation is that having more than one opinion on a specific topic may be needed.
Enrique Mu, Milagros Pereyra-Rojas

Chapter 9. AHP for Group Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Abstract
AHP has been widely used for group negotiation and conflict resolution [Saaty and Alexander. (2013). Conflict resolution: The analytic hierarchy approach. Pittsburgh, PA: RWS Publications].
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Chapter 10. Application Examples

Abstract
We have reached the end of this introduction to the Analytic Hierarchy Process. You already know all the key building elements to start using AHP in many different applications. We would like to take advantage of this last chapter to show some examples of AHP applications in the expectations that they will allow you to reflect on what you have learned so far.
Enrique Mu, Milagros Pereyra-Rojas

Backmatter

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