Applications of the Analytic Hierarchy Process to long range planning processes

James Emshoff
Campbell Soup Company
United States
Thomas Saaty
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
University of Pittsburgh
United States

Publication date: Jun, 1982

Journal: European Journal of Operational Research
Vol.: 10- Issue: 2- Pages: 131-143

Abstract: This paper considers the long range planning process from the point of view both of projecting forward likely or desired changes from the current position to define a possible future state, and of identifying desirable future states and working backwards from those to consider ways in which they could be reached. This process is repeated until consistency between the forward and backward looking processes is achieved. A theory of analytic hierarchies is used to give a formal structure of the process. An application to an actual corporate plan is briefly discussed.

Keywords: Consistency, Long range planning, Analytic Hierarchy Process, AHP