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A MADM justification of a budget reduction decision


  • Swenson, PA
  • McCahon, CS


In 1988, a significant budget reduction at the University of Wyoming left the Athletic Department nearly $700,000 short on operating funds compared to the previous biennium. In order to make the necessary monetary cuts, the Athletic Department eliminated the men's and women's varsity ski teams from University sponsorship, thus removing one of the most successful and popular programs from the athletic family. A protest of this action quickly spread throughout the state and the Athletic Department received harsh criticism. However, through the cardinal preference techniques of Multiple Attribute Decision Making, it was determined that the criticism of the Athletic Department for dropping the ski programs was unfounded. But in light of the politics of the situation, after several months of deliberation, the ski programs were eventually reinstated with a greatly reduced budget and the team committed to raise a certain percentage of their monetary requirements through their own fund raising efforts.

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  • Swenson, PA & McCahon, CS, 1991. "A MADM justification of a budget reduction decision," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 19(6), pages 539-548.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:19:y:1991:i:6:p:539-548

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