DEA & SFA course at Aston University, July 2020

Courses on: Performance Measurement Using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) at Aston University, UK

Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis, Professor Ali Emrouznejad, Dr Dimitris Giraleas

DEA course: July 6-7, 2020

SFA course: July 8-9, 2020

(Register before 1st May 2020 and save £200)

For registration and further details please CLICK HERE. 

Special issue of : ANOR- Annals of Operations Research on “Blockchain in Operations and Supply Chain Management”, Deadline: September 30, 2020

ANOR- Annals of Operations Research

Special issue on:

Blockchain in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Guest editors: 

Ali Emrouznejad, Soumyadeb Chowdhury, Prasanta Dey, Aston University, United Kingdom

Click HERE for details

Blockchain technology (BCT) has emerged as an enabling technology that can provide traceability, provenance and transparency in business operations, across complex global supply chain ecosystems, where leanness, agility, and speed are crucial, in addition to achieving social sustainability. It is considered one of the most disruptive technologies representing decentralised environment for transactions, self-executing digital contracts (smart contracts) and intelligent asset management over the Internet, providing a single-view to the entities (users) involved in the transaction. Therefore, the key characteristics of BCT will significantly impact the organisational governance, supply-chain relationships, operations strategy, digital transformation pathway and existing supply-chain business models. BCT when integrated with other technologies such as the Internet of Things, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence, will help to increase the efficiency of supply chain through agile data-driven decision-making based on high quality data (stored in Blockchain) and further facilitating supply chain transparency that will also afford product traceability, authenticity and legitimacy, and enhance sub-supplier transparency that will alleviate social sustainability problem in multi-tier supply networks.

Despite the potential of BCT for the field of Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM), it has thus far received extremely limited attention in the OSCM literature, except for a few studies reporting a systematic review of literature reflecting on the characteristics of the technology, potential drivers in a business environment and technical challenges to deploy it. However, empirical evidence and research on developing new models and contemporary tools to assess several elements related to the technology, including and not limited to, performance, organisational readiness, risk assessment, operations strategy, integration with existing ERP systems and supply chain business models, will facilitate deeper understanding of the benefits offered by the technology that in-turn will help managers and relevant decision-makers to systematically assess the impact of BCT on their respective organisation and supply chain model. Furthermore, research into application of BCT within OSCM literature will require examining the relevance of existing theories and either developing new theories or extending existing theories that will facilitate better understanding of this contemporary phenomenon and its impact on supply chain relationships, operations strategy, workforce management, business partnerships, value creation, social legislations and business transparency.

For this special issue, we expect original research papers reporting empirical evidence, models and tools, and developing new theories contributing to the application of BCT in OSCM.

The main topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Impact of BCT on supply chain relationships
  • BCT and trust in OSCM
  • Blockchain adoption and risk assessment
  • Blockchain adoption and performance measurement
  • Blockchain and supply chain sustainability
  • Blockchain and social sustainability
  • Blockchain and OSCM theories
  • Blockchain and operations strategy
  • Blockchain and supply chain intelligence
  • Blockchain readiness models and empirical assessment
  • Blockchain analytics for business operations
  • Blockchain and data-driven decision making
  • Smart contracts in OSCM – feasibility , use-cases and business performance
  • Smart contract rules and governance
  • Blockchain – managerial/business perspectives
  • New business/supply chain models using BCT
  • Blockchain – consumer perspectives
  • Blockchain and sustainability development goals in OSCM

Instructions for Authors can be found at:

Authors should submit a cover letter and a manuscript by September 31, 2020, via the Journal’s online submission site. Manuscripts submitted after the deadline may not be considered for the special issue and may be transferred, if accepted, to a regular issue.

Please see the Author instructions on the web site if you have not yet submitted a paper through Springer’s web-based system, Editorial Manager. When prompted, please select the special issue’s title, Blockchain in Operations and Supply Chain Management, to ensure that it will be reviewed for this special issue.

Papers will be subject to a strict review process under the supervision of the Guest Editors, and accepted papers will be published online individually, before print publication.

Important Dates

30 September 2020 Submission deadline
(early submission recommended, referee process starts once the paper is received, accepted papers will be published individually online as they are accepted)
31 March 2021 Notification of status and acceptance of paper
31 August 2021 Revised manuscripts
31 December 2021 Final version of paper

Guest Editors

Ali Emrouznejad (Managing Guest Editor),, 
Professor Business Analytics, Operations and Information Management Department, Aston Business School, Aston University

Soumyadeb Chowdhury,, 
Lecturer Information and Communication Technology, Operations and Information Management Department, Aston Business School, Aston University

Prasanta Dey,, 
Professor in Operations and Information Management, Aston Business School, Aston University

CALL FOR PAPERS: Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) at IFORS2020, June 2020,

Call for PAPERS:
Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) stream at IFORS2020,
21st – 26th, June 2020, Seoul, Korea

Dear Colleague,

We would like to issue an invitation to take part in the Data Envelopment Analysis and Performance Measurement Stream of the IFORS2020 Conference. This conference will be held on June 21 (Sun) – 26 (Fri), 2020 at Coex Convention Center in Seoul, South Korea. Contributions from both the academic and the non-academic communities are welcome.

This stream covers papers on the theme of efficiency and productivity analysis and performance management. Both parametric and non-parametric papers will be considered. We especially welcome papers on the theory, methodology and application of Data Envelopment Analysis and econometric methods in performance management. Of particular interest are successful applications of performance and efficiency analysis in the real world, for example in banking, healthcare, education, transportation, and so on. If you are interested in making a presentation, please submit a title of your talk no later than January 17, 2020 at, using the following session code:  

e4ae0ab0” for DEA&SFA: Theory, Methodology and Applications

Further details about the conference is avilable at

Deadline for submission abstract: 31st January 2020
Early-bird Registration: 28th February 2020
Conference date: 21st to 26th June 2020
Conference Venue: Seoul, Korea

Kind regards,
Ali Emrouznejad, Ana Camanho and Giovanna D’Inverno

Ali Emrouznejad ( )
Operations & Information Management Depatment,
Aston Business School
Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
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Ana Camanho (
Industrial Engineering and ManagementFaculty of Engineering,
University of Porto

Giovanna D’Inverno (
Leuven Economics of Education Research 
Faculty of Economics and Business
KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

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Special issue of : JMSE – Journal of Management Science and Engineering on “New advances in DEA its applications under Big Data”, Deadline: November 30, 2020

JMSE – Journal of Management Science and Engineering
New advances in DEA its applications under Big Data

Guest editors: 

Prof. Dr. Guoliang Yang, Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.R. China,

Prof. Dr. Ali Emrouznejad, Aston Business School, Aston University, United Kingdom,

Further details: please click here.

Journal of Management Science and Engineering (JMSE) is a scholarly journal that publishes scientific research on the latest improvement and practice of management science and engineering, an area emphasizing modeling, optimization, computation and data analytics in identifying and solving management problems, making business decisions, and managing risks in complex management systems.

In this issue of the Journal of Management Science and Engineering (JMSE), we invite high quality research papers on Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) under Big Data.

The aim of this special issue is to publish state-of-the-art papers spanning all areas of analytical and empirical research. Specially, we attract high-quality papers related to new developments in DEA and its applications under big data for publishing in respect to fields listed below:

  • Operations Management and Industrial Engineering
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management
  • Transportation Systems and Management
  • Information Systems and e-Business
  • Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
  • Decision Making

It will feature problem-oriented theory development and empirical analysis that has characterized DEA, including methodological advances and new models. We also consider Empirical assessment and successful applications of performance and efficiency analysis in the real world as long as the article provides significant new insights to advance the practices of DEA.

Important Dates

November 30, 2020 Submission Deadline
(early submission recommended, referee process starts once the paper received, accepted papers will be published individually online as they are accepted)
February 28, 2021 Notification of status & acceptance or invitation for revision of paper
May 31, 2021 Revised manuscripts
          October Anticipated print publication

Manuscript Preparation 

Please refer to the Journal Information and Instruction for Author to get information on manuscript preparation. All manuscripts should be submitted online at, when submitting the manuscript please select the article type “Special Issue on New developments in DEA models and applications”

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed in the same manner as any other submission to a leading international journal. The major acceptance criterion for a submission is the quality and originality of the contribution.

About JMSE

Journal of Management Science and Engineering (ISSN 2096-2320; is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal on all aspects of management science and engineering published quarterly online. JMSE is sponsored by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Science Press and Tianjin University. JMSE collaborates with Elsevier through KeAi. All published papers are available on ScienceDirect.

Benefits of publishing with JMSE:

  • Open access (unlimited and free access for readers)
  • Free publication for well-prepared manuscripts
  • Identified as “A Class Journal” by Department of Management Science, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

North American Productivity Workshop XI, June 8-12, 2020, Florida, USA

Conference Dates: June 8-12, 2020
Conference Venue: Miami Herbert Business School, Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Conference website:

Dear Colleagues,
NAPW has long been established as a major biennial conference on the topics of productivity, eciency and performance analysis. Following the successful NAPW X, we expect a large and diverse body of participants to attend NAPW XI in Miami. This year’s theme is especially important to the Miami Business School, Sustainable Productivity. Sustainable productivity encapsulates enduring growth and process improvements, a healthy workforce and surrounding operational environment, a regular ow of new ideas and innovations, and an unwavering optimism about the direction of the rm. The school recently launched the only STEM certi ed Masters in Sustainable Business and the Miami Business School is the only academic building in the state of Florida to have achieved LEED Gold certi cation. Submission for presentation on all areas related to the measurement, assessment and character of sustainable productivity are invited. Submissions on the theory and application of economics, econometrics, statistics, anagement science and operational research related to problems in the areas of productivity and efficiency measurement more broadly are highly encouraged. Our aim is to have a conference program that features all popular techniques and methodologies within the eld, including stochastic frontier analysis and data envelopment analysis. We also welcome papers on broader issues related to measuring, understanding, incentivizing and improving the productivity and performance of rms, public services, and industries.

On behalf of the scienti c committee, we look forward to welcoming all participants of NAPW XI to Miami this upcoming June.

Important dates:
Abstract submission and registration: Now Open!!
Abstract submission closes: February 9, 2020
Noti cation of acceptance: February 22, 2020
Early registration ends: March 22, 2020
Registration deadline for presenters: May 1, 2020

Any questions or concerns regarding the conference may be addressed to the local organizers: at Christopher Parmeter ( or Ian Wright (

Vacancies in Business Analytics – Aston Business School

Teaching Fellow / Senior Teaching Fellow in Business Analytics

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £33,797 to £59,135 per annum
Grade 8 to 10
Contract Type:  Continuing
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Thursday 28 November 2019
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  R190460

Aston Business School is a Triple Accredited University (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA) and one of the leading Universities in the UK for academic research (in the recent REF we received 100% for Research Impact), excellent teaching (awarded Gold rating in the 2016/17 TEF) and business engagement. We are only one of three UK institutions with the Small Business Charter Gold Award. The University actively supports and finances academic spin-offs. The Operations and Information Management Department is organized in five groups: Systems Modelling and Simulation, Business Analytics, Operations Management, Global ICT Management and the Advanced Services – who conduct research into various aspects of operations strategy, data analytics and IS/ICT. There is a thriving teaching and learning and research culture in the Department, which has a strong reputation for being rigorous, relevant and entrepreneurial. We support participation in international conferences, teaching innovations and supervision of PhDs via the Dean’s scholarships, and actively support business engagement and corporate client opportunities.

As part of our growth strategy, we are seeking an inspirational and highly motivated individual to contribute to the development of the Department’s teaching and enterprise activities. We welcome discussions with prospective candidates with interests in the specified areas (see further details). We are keen to discuss new ideas in order to strengthen our teaching profile and complement our research and business support provision.

You will have a good quantitative first degree, or equivalent, as well as a higher degree in a relevant academic discipline. You must also be able to demonstrate an emerging pedagogical path through experience of effective innovative teaching and learning. We are especially looking for people with a ‘hands-on and can-do’ attitude.

This post is being offered as a Teaching Fellow/Senior Teaching Fellow in Business Analytics.  You will be appointed at a Teaching Fellow or Senior Teaching Fellow level dependent on your skills and experience. The post holder is expected to live within reasonable commuting distance of Aston University Campus based in Birmingham. This would usually mean living or moving within a 45 mile commute of the campus.

The post is available to start as soon as possible

Further details:    Job Details     University Information

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via

Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Professor Ali Emrouznejad

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6th LEER Conference on Education Economics April 2-3, 2020

This conference seeks to explore the use of economic and econometric techniques to study educational issues. We invite the submission of original research from colleagues working in the area. We especially welcome research which applies identification strategies as difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, static and dynamic choice modeling, (non-)parametric frontier models and structural equations. Both macro and micro-economic topics are of interest to this conference. It is organized by the research center ‘Leuven Economics of Education Research’ (LEER) of the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven.

The conference itself will take place on April 2-3, 2020.

Deadline Call for Papers: January 12, 2020

Call for Papers
The conference includes oral and poster presentations. For all types of proposals, speakers are expected to send a minimum 200-300 word structured abstract to by January 12, 2020 at the latest.

Authors will be notified on acceptance by January 22, 2020.

Prof. Dr. Kristof De Witte
Naamsestraat 69 – 3000 Leuven
+32 (0)16 32 66 56

Call for PAPERS: International Conference on Measurement of Efficiency and Productivity in Emerging Economies December 18-19, 2019, South Asian University, New Delhi

Call for Papers: DEA 

International Conference on “Measurement of Efficiency & Productivity in Emerging Economies”
December 18-19, 2019
South Asian University, New Delhi 

The Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, New Delhi invites the researchers and practitioners to submit their full-length research papers/extended abstracts for presentation in the Measurement of Efficiency and Productivity in Emerging Economies Conference which will be held from December 18-19, 2019. Theoretical and empirical papers focusing on non-parametric and parametric methodological frameworks, such as Data Envelopment Analysis, Stochastic Frontier Analysis, and Index number theory are particularly welcome. 

Conference sub-themes

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advances in Data Envelopment Analysis and Stochastic Frontier Analysis
  • Impact of Global Financial Crisis on efficiency and productivity
  • Benchmarking and performance improvements
  • Efficiency and productivity measurement in emerging economies: Issues and Perspectives
  • Case studies pertaining to efficiency and productivity measurement in emerging economies

 Preliminary programme

18 December, 2019: Opening ceremony plus full day conference

19 December 2019: Full day conference and closing ceremony

 Submission process:

Please submit your paper HERE

Contact Email:

Conference email:

 Reviewing process:

Submitted full-length papers/extended abstracts will go through a rigorous peer-review process. The main criteria for acceptance will be quality and originality of the contribution.

Important dates:

Deadline of submission of full length paper/extended abstract: 15 October 2019

Notification of acceptance: 30 October 2019

Registration and payment of registration fee: 15 November 2019

Registration Fee
  • Indian academic participants: Rs. 8000
  • Indian non-academic participants: Rs. 10000
  • Non-Indian participants: USD 200
  • Ph.D. Scholars: Rs. 4000

After receiving the acceptance letter, please visit the conference webpage at for registration and payment.

 Important Notes

  1. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation and accommodation.
  2. The registration fee will not be refunded in case of cancelling the conference participation.

Contact: Any inquiries or concerns may be addressed to Sunil Kumar (Organising Secretary) at or Dr. Soumya Datta (Coordinator) at

Call for PAPERS: DEA at Informs, October 20-23, 2019 in Seattle, Washington

Call for Papers: DEA 

Operations Research and the Management Sciences (Informs) Annual conference, October 20-23, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.  

Dear colleagues:

I am writing you to invite you to the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (Informs) Annual conference that will be held from October 20-23, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.  This conference brings together multiple disciplines include Business, Engineering, Economics, among others. I am organizing the Productivity and Data Envelopment Analysis Track whose attendees are broadly interested production economics, both deterministic and stochastic approaches.

I would like to invite you to submit an abstract to one of these sessions. For some of you, your positive response in the past has helped Andy Johnson to organize some very good sessions. I hope you have enjoyed the sessions. For others I would like to invite you to join for the first time.

I am organizing similar sessions in Seattle.

If you plan to submit an abstract to this track, please provide me your name, email address and a tentative title of the presentation. I will then send you a formal invitation through the conference system and instructions for you to submit the abstract. Please email me your response by Monday, May 5th.

Notice that you have to respond very quickly! I contacted Informs 3 weeks ago, because I was surprised that I have received no request for organizing sessions within Productivity and Data Envelopment Analysis Track for 2019. I have to day (April 22nd) received an email requesting me to try and organize such a cluster, but with the requirement, that I invite session chairs before May 5th. In other words, you have to respond very quickly. When you receive a formal invitation through the conference system and instructions for you to submit the abstract then notice that the deadline for submitting the abstract is May 15th!!!

I look forward to a positive response. My apologizes for cross-postings.


Ole B. Olesen
Department of Business and Economics
+45 65 50 32 54

University of Southern Denmark , Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark

7th Workshop on Efficiency in Education, Health and other Public Services, Spain, September, 2019

Call for Papers: Governance and efficiency assessment of public services 

7th Workshop on Efficiency in Education, Health and other Public Services, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain), September 5th and 6th 2019

Abstract submission:                                CLICK HERE

Dear Colleagues,

This is a kind reminder that the deadline for submitting papers to the 7th Workshop on Efficiency in Education, Health and other Public Services is now approaching:

  • May 3rd: Deadline for abstract submission
  • May 31st: Notification of acceptance
  • June 28th: Full paper submission
  • July 5th: Deadline for early bird registration and fee payment
  • July 31st: Deadline for late registration and fee payment
  • September 5th& 6th: Workshop

Special issue

We are editing a special issue in Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.

Authors presenting their work at the Workshop can submit their paper for evaluation and eventual publishing in our special issue. We invite you to visit the “special issue” section on our website.

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to confirm that the keynote speakers for the conference are:

  • Prof. Yancy Vaillant, Toulouse Business School
  • Prof. Pablo Arocena, Universidad Pública de Navarra

Further information

We invite you to visit the Workshop’s website ( For any further queries, please contact us at

Please, feel free to distribute this Call to any colleagues who may be interested. We apologise for any cross-posting.

Looking forward to meeting you all in Barcelona!

Best regards,

Local organising committee

7th International Workshop on Efficiency
September 5th and 6th 2019, Barcelona


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