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Journal of Optimization
Volume 2013, Article ID 913467, 7 pages
Research Article

Application of Fuzzy DEMATEL in Risks Evaluation of Knowledge-Based Networks

Department of Management and Soft Technologies, Malek-e Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Received 28 June 2013; Revised 30 October 2013; Accepted 2 November 2013

Academic Editor: F. Hosseinzadeh Lotfi

Copyright © 2013 M. Abbasi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Developing new products has received much attention within the last decades. This issue can be highlighted for strategic innovations, in particular. Recently, knowledge-based networks have been introduced in order to facilitate the affair of transforming knowledge into commercial products which can be regarded as a set of research centers, universities, knowledge intermediaries, customers, and so forth. However, there is a wide range of risk factors that are liable to affect the chain performance. Hence, this paper aims to consider the most influencing criteria that can play a more significant role in achievements of such networks. To do so, DEMATEL has been applied to take the relationships between the risk factors into account. Moreover, fuzzy set theory has been utilized in order to deal with the linguistic variables. Finally, the most important factors are identified and their relations are determined.