In many cases a group of people must make a decision that involves multiple objectives. In fact, difficult decisions usually are dealt with by committees composed of individuals who represent different interests. For example, imagine a lumber mill owner and an environmentalist on a committee trying to decide on national forest management policy. It might make sense for the committee to try to assess a multi attribute “group utility function.” But assessment of the weights would be a problem because different individuals probably would want to weight the attributes differently. Can you give any advice to a committee working on a problem that might help it to arrive at a decision? How should the discussions be structured? Can sensitivity analysis help in such a situation; if so, how?
This kind of problem is one that is often at the heart of major disputes. The first step is to struc…View the full answer