AHP as an Effective Consensus-Based Selection Tool: A case of Personnel Selection for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia

Asma Mohammed Bahurmoz
King Abdul Aziz University
Saudi Arabia
Syeda-Masooda Mukhtar

Laila M. Al-Sharqi

Journal: Journal for Global Business Advancement
Vol.: 8- Issue: 2- Pages: 138

Publisher: InderScience

Abstract: While merits of normative judgements may be questionable when objectivity is the desired criterion in management decisions, which tend to be inherently unstructured such as personnel selection, evidence suggests that the perspective of traditional personnel selection methods remains relatively restrictive and subjective. The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) has emerged as a powerful addition to the decision-support tools for providing a systematic approach to solving an inherently unstructured problem. However, despite its relevance to personnel selection, application of the AHP has been surprisingly missing in this decision area. This paper develops the AHP model as an alternative approach to the traditional personnel selection methods that minimises subjective judgements. The model is illustrated by its implementation in the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The paper concludes with implications for managerial decision-making.

Keywords: AHP, Decision making, Saudi Arabia