The Assessment of Urban Clusters for Locating Production Systems in China

Zhen Chen, Szu-Li Sun, Heng Li

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This paper presents a multicriteria decision-making model for selecting the location of production systems in China. The decision-making model is developed using Analytic Network Process (ANP) approach with regard to the disaster-oriented assessment of urban clusters. In order to improve the quality of decision-making, the ANP model not only adopts commonly used indicators for location choice focusing on production management, but also adopts additional indicators with regard to essential multidisciplinary issues such as geographic and geological conditions, environmental pollution, industrial and technology policy, disaster containment, and emergency services. It is concluded that the ANP is effective in decision-making support to find the most appropriate location for new production systems in China. As a pilot research, the ANP model described in this paper need further improvement based on collaborations from more experts as well as extrapolations from more historical data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMulticriteria Decision-Making for the Sustainable Built Environment in the Proceedings of the 2006 Whiteknights Workshop on MCDM
EditorsZhen Chen
PublisherThe University of Reading
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0-7049-1209-0
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
EventProceedings of the 2006 Whiteknights Workshop on MCDM - READING, Berkshire, READING, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Mar 2006 → …


ConferenceProceedings of the 2006 Whiteknights Workshop on MCDM
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityREADING, Berkshire
Period15/03/06 → …
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  • location theory
  • urban clusters
  • analytic network process
  • China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction


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