Presentation of a Model to Achieve the Sustainable Development of Iran Wood Furniture Industry (Farsi)

N. Mohebbi

Majid Azizi
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Tehran
Iran, Islamic Republic of
M. Ziaie

O. Hosseinzadeh

Publication date: Jan, 2014

Journal: J. of wood & forest science and technology
Vol.: 24- Issue: 1- Pages: 117-130

Abstract: Background and objectives: Development of non-oil exports is one of the pillars of strengthening the country's economic growth. Today furniture industry has a significant share in global trade, so the sustainable development and growth of this industry can have a significant impact on employment, GDP growth and non-oil revenues. Because of the economic, social, and environmental importance of the wooden furniture industry, the need to move toward sustainable development in the industry is felt. The aim of this study was to identifying and assessing the weight of effective criteria on the sustainable development of Iran wood furniture industry and suggesting appropriate solutions using a non-parametric approach of the analytic hierarchy process. Materials and Methods: In this regard, first by comparative studies as well as interviewing relevant experts, the effective criteria were identified. After plotting the hierarchical levels on the decision tree (including goals, criteria, sub-criteria and alternatives), the data needed to determine the weighting value and prioritize each of them were prepared in the form of designing standard questionnaires based on paired comparisons and using the opinions of the industry & university experts of and the relevant institutions and finally, its computational steps were carried out with ExpertChoice software. Results: Base on the obtained results, economical and environmental criteria have the highest weighting values at first level as 0.358 and 0.212 weighting values, respectively. At the other hand, an improvement on economical stability (0.168), development of industrial clusters (0.149), reduction and control of volatile organic components (0.121), continuous relationship between university and furniture industry (0.093), Furniture recovery (0.074) and development of outsourcing strategy (0.060), have the highest priorities at the secondary level. Finally, the "Modeling of sustainable development models in developed Countries," with a weight of 0.340 as the best alternative, was selected to achieve sustainable development in the Iranian furniture industry. Conclusions: results of this research can be used as a road map for movement to the sustainable development, and appropriate solutions to improve the performance of producers and to introduce structural reforms in various sectors of the Iran's furniture industry with the aim of achieving international markets and sustainable development will be addressed to authorities, practitioners and policy makers.

Keywords: AHP, Wooden furniture industry