Compromise between Short- and Long-Term Financial Sustainability: A Hybrid Model for Supporting R&D Decisions
AbstractThe debate of “short-termism” has gained increasing interests from various fields, ranging from management to economics; it mainly concerns the decisions or actions taken by businesses that might yield short-term returns at the cost of long-term value or sustainability. Previous studies have highlighted this dilemma faced by managers, mainly from the pressure of capital markets or short-sighted shareholders who crave for immediate financial outcomes; intelligent decision aids that can compromise between the short- and long-term financial sustainability, based on a company’s policy, are highly needed. Therefore, the aim of this study is to develop a multiple-rule-based hybrid decision model to support management teams on prioritizing new R&D projects, considering the financial prospects in dual timeframes (i.e., short- and long-term) for sustainability. Furthermore, in the presence of business uncertainty and the limited knowledge of managers on new projects, the intuitionistic fuzzy technique is incorporated. A case of selecting new R&D projects for an IC design company is illustrated using the proposed approach, and the financial data from a group of public-listed IC stocks from Taiwan are inducted to form the decision model. The findings not only support the IC design company to select new projects but also provide business insights to facilitate the understandings of this controversial issue in managerial practice. View Full-Text
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Shen, K.-Y. Compromise between Short- and Long-Term Financial Sustainability: A Hybrid Model for Supporting R&D Decisions. Sustainability 2017, 9, 375.
Shen K-Y. Compromise between Short- and Long-Term Financial Sustainability: A Hybrid Model for Supporting R&D Decisions. Sustainability. 2017; 9(3):375.Chicago/Turabian Style
Shen, Kao-Yi. 2017. "Compromise between Short- and Long-Term Financial Sustainability: A Hybrid Model for Supporting R&D Decisions." Sustainability 9, no. 3: 375.