A fuzzy group quality function deployment model for e-CRM framework assessment in agile manufacturing

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The rapid growth of the Internet and the expansion of electronic commerce applications in manufacturing have given rise to electronic customer relationship management (e-CRM) which enhances the overall customer satisfaction. However, when confronted by the range of e-CRM methods, manufacturing companies struggle to identify the one most appropriate to their needs. This paper presents a novel structured approach to evaluate and select the best agile e-CRM framework in a rapidly changing manufacturing environment. The e-CRM frameworks are evaluated with respect to their customer and financial oriented features to achieve manufacturing agility. Initially, the e-CRM frameworks are prioritized according to their financial oriented characteristics using a fuzzy group real options analysis (ROA) model. Next, the e-CRM frameworks are ranked according to their customer oriented characteristics using a hybrid fuzzy group permutation and a four-phase fuzzy quality function deployment (QFD) model with respect to three main perspectives of agile manufacturing (i.e., strategic, operational and functional agilities). Finally, the best agile e-CRM framework is selected using a technique for order preference by similarity to the ideal solution (TOPSIS) model. We also present a case study to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed approach and exhibit the efficacy of the procedures and algorithms.




Zandi, F. and Tavana, M. (2011) ‘A Fuzzy Group Quality Function Deployment Model for e-CRM Framework Assessment in Agile Manufacturing,’ Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 61, No. 1, pp. 1-19.