Original Research

Fuzzy VIKOR approach for selection of big data analyst in procurement management

Surajit Bag
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 10, No 1 | a230 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v10i1.230 | © 2016 Surajit Bag | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 March 2016 | Published: 28 July 2016

About the author(s)

Surajit Bag, Tega Industries South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Brakpan, South Africa


Background: Big data and predictive analysis have been hailed as the fourth paradigm of science. Big data and analytics are critical to the future of business sustainability. The demand for data scientists is increasing with the dynamic nature of businesses, thus making it indispensable to manage big data, derive meaningful results and interpret management decisions.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to provide a brief conceptual review of big data and analytics and further illustrate the use of a multicriteria decision-making technique in selecting the right skilled candidate for big data and analytics in procurement management.

Method: It is important for firms to select and recruit the right data analyst, both in terms of skills sets and scope of analysis. The nature of such a problem is complex and multicriteria decision-making, which deals with both qualitative and quantitative factors. In the current study, an application of the Fuzzy VIsekriterijumska optimizacija i KOmpromisno Resenje (VIKOR) method was used to solve the big data analyst selection problem.

Results: From this study, it was identified that Technical knowledge (C1), Intellectual curiosity (C4) and Business acumen (C5) are the strongest influential criteria and must be present in the candidate for the big data and analytics job.

Conclusion: Fuzzy VIKOR is the perfect technique in this kind of multiple criteria decisionmaking problematic scenario. This study will assist human resource managers and procurement managers in selecting the right workforce for big data analytics.


Big data; Business analyst; selection process; multi criteria decision making (MCDM); fuzzy sets; VIseKriterijumska Optimizacija I Kompromisno Resenje (VIKOR)


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