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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 7826840, 16 pages
Research Article

Partner Selection in Supply Chain of Vietnam’s Textile and Apparel Industry: The Application of a Hybrid DEA and GM (1,1) Approach

1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, No. 415 Chien Kung Road, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung City 80778, Taiwan
2Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Fortune Institute of Technology, Kaohsiung 83160, Taiwan
3National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan

Correspondence should be addressed to Han-Khanh Nguyen; moc.liamg@hnahknahneyugn

Received 2 July 2017; Revised 25 September 2017; Accepted 10 October 2017; Published 8 November 2017

Academic Editor: Emilio Jiménez Macías

Copyright © 2017 Chia-Nan Wang 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.


Vietnam is currently among the top-five textile and apparel exporters, and the industry is considered quite attractive to foreign investors. Nevertheless, the global textile and garment industry is experiencing important changes. The three main producing regions in the world are China, Southwest Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Turkey), and ASEAN. In order to maintain its positioning and to establish stable and sustainable Vietnam textile and apparel development, there must be radical changes. Due to this necessity, the authors conducted this study by using grey forecasting to predict and reflect the condition of businesses in the period of 2017–2020, together with combining a DEA model to help businesses select the most appropriate strategic partner in the supply chain in order to achieve economic goals and promote the strength of the businesses partaking in the association. Besides, this helps businesses exploit market opportunities and take advantage of the capabilities of the textile and apparel industry.