The Analytic Hierarchy Process and Human Resource Allocation: Half the Story

Level: Beginner
Type: Document

Thomas Saaty
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
University of Pittsburgh

Abstract: The document is from Thomas Saaty's unpublished book "New Mathematics and Measurement for the Physical, Social and Life Sciences" finished in 2004. This is chapter 11: The Analytic Hierarchy Process and Human Resource Allocation: Half the Story. This is an expository chapter about the uses of multi-criteria prioritization in resource allocation, and in particular the use of absolute measurement in the optimal assignment of human resources. This research places special emphasis on the measurement of intangible criteria and on their incorporation into the allocation process by combining the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Linear Programming (LP) to rate and derive the best combination of people assigned to jobs. Use of the AHP enables us to address the issue of synergy between people that affects their qualification and whether they are selected singly or as a group. In a comprehensive review of Human Resource Planning, James A. Craft spoke of Human Resource Planning as a process of moving an organization to its desired position with the right kind of people in the right job at the right time to maximize value creating activity to help employers effectively to meet human resource requirements. To do this, one needs to consider an organization’s goals and objectives along with its various resource constraints.

Topics: AHP, Linear Programming