Department of Management Systems
University of Waikato
Hamilton, New Zealand
I believe that we meet the minimum requirement for the
constitution of a research group that is, two researchers! Professor
Jim Corner and I have worked together for the last nine years on a variety
of research, both individually and collaboratively, in the general area
of MCDA. This research has been very fruitful and has at times involved
colleagues from other universities, notably Professor Mordecai Henig from
Tel Aviv University. Other colleagues include Professor Craig Kirkwood
from Arizona State University, Professor Lorraine Gardiner from Auburn
University and Professor Daniel Vanderpooten from LAMSADE. Professor Hans
Daellenbach of the University of Canterbury, who was responsible for my
original interest in MCDA, has recently retired.
Our work has been somewhat eclectic, not being centred
on a large research project. However, there has been a strong emphasis
on behavioural decision making as we have tried to understand what decision
makers actually do as a precursor to suggesting what, perhaps, they should
do. We have investigated how behavioural characteristics of decision makers
affect the performance of solution methods - including decision analysis,
the Zionts-Wallenius method and a naïve guess method. Recently with
the assistance of a doctoral student, we have been investigating the structuring
of decision problems. Other current work includes the decision making of
experts, a review of decision analysis applications and a project ranking
exercise for a large New Zealand company.
What is the future of this "group?" We shall continue
to work in the softer areas of behaviour and philosophy and welcome the
opportunity to collaborate with others in this area. In the longer term
it is our goal to establish a centre for decision research. Does anyone
want to visit New Zealand?
Selected publications include:
Corner, Jim, John Buchanan and Mordecai
Henig (2000), A dynamic model for structuring decision problems, Department
of Management Systems, Research Report Series 2000-02.
Buchanan, John, Phillip Sheppard and
Daniel Vanderpooten (1999), Project ranking using Electre III, Department
of Management Systems, Research Report Series 1999-01.
Buchanan, John, Mordecai Henig and
Jim Corner (1999), Comment on "Rethinking value elicitation for personal
consequential decisions," by G. Wright and P. Goodwin, Journal of Multi-Criteria
Decision Analysis, 8(1), 15-17.
Buchanan, John T., Erez J. Henig and
Mordecai I. Henig (1998), Objectivity and subjectivity in the decision
making process, Annals of Operations Research, 80, 333-345.
Buchanan, John T. and James L. Corner
(1997), The effects of anchoring in interactive MCDM solution methods,
Computers and Operations Research, 24(10), 907-918.
Corner, James L. and John T. Buchanan
(1997), Capturing decision maker preference: Experimental comparison of
decision analysis and MCDM techniques, European Journal of Operational
Research, 98(1), 85-97.
Henig, Mordechai I. and John Buchanan
(1997), Tradeoff directions in multiobjective optimisation, Mathematical
Programming, 78(3), 357-374.
Buchanan, John (1997), A naive approach
for solving MCDM problems: The GUESS method, Journal of the Operational
Research Society, 48(2), 202-206.
Henig, Mordechai I. and John T. Buchanan
(1996), Solving MCDM problems: Process concepts, Journal of Multi-Criteria
Decision Analysis, 5(1), 3-12. And, Response to comments, 19-21.
Corner, J.L. and C.W. Kirkwood (1996),
Magnitude of the errors in approximate multiattribute utility functions,
Management Science, 42(7), 1033-1042.
Corner, J.L. and J.T. Buchanan (1995),
Experimental consideration of preference in decision making under certainty,
Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, 4(2), 107-121.
Corner, J.L. and P.D. Corner (1995),
Characteristics of decisions in decision analysis practice, Journal
of the Operational Research Society, 46, 304-314.
Corner, J.L. (1994), Operationalizing
approximate multiattribute utility functions for use in practice, European
Journal of Operational Research, 79, 73-84.
Buchanan, John (1994), An experimental
evaluation of interactive MCDM methods and the decision making process,
Journal of the Operational Research Society, 45(9), 1050-1059.
Corner, J.L. and C.W. Kirkwood (1991),
Decision analysis applications in the Operations Research literature, 1970-1989,
Operations Research, 39, 206-219.