Decision making in academia: A case of the dean selection process

Ray Gibney, Jennifer Shang

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This study describes the use of the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) in the dean selection process. A subcommittee of the dean search task force created an order-ranking based upon group discussions as well as through the application of the AHP. The results of the two processes were compared against the Provost's final decision. Discrepancies were analyzed and explained. The results suggest that root cause of the differences was a variation in emphasis on certain criteria. The authors conclude that AHP is a valuable tool and should be incorporated into personnel selection processes in academia. The AHP provides a convenient and effective tool for evaluating personnel. Fears that it might prove overly complex or difficult for non-technical people to use proved to be unfounded.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1030-1040
Number of pages11
JournalMathematical and Computer Modelling
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Oct 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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