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Call for Exclusive Book Chapters: Decision Making Optimization Models for Business Partnerships: Data Envelopment Analysis and Parametric Approaches”


Gholam R. Amin and Mustapha Ibn Boamah, Faculty of Business, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada

Submission deadline: 30 April 2023

Decision making optimization models for business partnerships are essential, as businesses seldom have all of the resources they need, and thus they require alliances and partnerships with others to enable them to meet their goals. A book on optimal business partnership models, with foundations in management science and economic theory, would therefore be an important resource in understanding and quantifying business partnership gains. Many studies emphasize the importance of business partnerships. However, literature on partnership optimization is quite limited. The proposed new book will cover recent developments in decision making as it relates to business partnerships using data envelopment analysis (DEA), inverse DEA, and other decision-making methods, including parametric approaches. As introduced in Charnes et al. (1978), DEA can be safely viewed as one of the success stories of operations research and management science for evaluating relative efficiency of decision-making units (DMUs) in the presence of multiple inputs and multiple outputs. Research in recent years and outputs required for business partnerships to achieve given efficiency targets.
The objective of this edited book is to develop new DEA and other decision-making optimization models to answer key questions related to business partnerships that would be of interest to business firms, policy makers, and practitioners in areas such as firms’ restructuring, resource allocation, environment and climate change, pollution minimization, and gain maximization from mergers and acquisitions. The book:

  1. will introduce DEA models to estimate the potential gains from mergers and acquisitions for various DMUs and guide them on how to combine their resources to get the maximum benefits out of the resulting synergies.
  2. will introduce advances in DEA optimization and other techniques through the development of models that will define various types of business partnerships between DMUs.
  3. will develop the literature of business partnerships that would guide partners on how redistributing their resources could improve their efficiency score.
  4. will help partners to use each other’s resources in order to reach target efficiency.
  5. will extend the well-known non-parametric performance measurement approach of DEA that would help business firms to collaborate and improve their efficiency.
  6. will guide business firms on how to choose partners to reduce negative externalities such as environmental pollution.
    Submissions may be sent directly to the editors at (Gholam R. Amin) or (Mustapha Ibn Boamah).

Important Dates
30 April 2023 Chapter submission deadline
30 July 2023 Notification of status and comments for revisions
30 October 2023 Chapter resubmission
31 December 2023 Additional comments if any
30 March 2024 Final chapter submission due
31 August 2024 Book submission to Taylor and Francis CRC Press

Editors Selected References:

  1. Amin, G.R., and Ibn Boamah, M. (2022). Modeling business partnerships: a data envelopment analysis approach, European Journal of Operational Research, Doi: 10.1016/j.ejor.2022.05.036, article in press.
  2. Amin, G.R., and Ibn Boamah, M. (2021). A two-stage inverse data envelopment analysis approach for estimating potential merger gains in the US banking sector, Managerial and Decision Economics, 42(6), 1454-1465.
  3. Amin, G.R., and Ibn Boamah, M. (2020). A new inverse DEA cost efficiency model for estimating potential merger gains: A case of Canadian banks, Annals of Operations Research, 195(1), 21-36.
  4. Amin, G.R., Al-Muharrami, S., and Toloo, M. (2019). A combined goal programming and inverse DEA method for target setting in mergers, Expert Systems with Applications, 115, 412-417.
  5. Amin, G.R., and Al-Muharrami, S. (2018). A new inverse DEA model for mergers with negative data, IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, 29(2), 137-149.
  6. Amin, G.R., and Oukil, A. (2019). Flexible target setting in mergers using inverse data envelopment analysis, International Journal of Operational Research, 35(3), 301-317.
  7. Amin, G.R., Emrouznejad, A., and Gattoufi, S. (2017). Modelling Generalized Firms’ Restructuring using Inverse DEA, Journal of Productivity Analysis, 48(1), 51-61.
  8. Amin, G.R., Emrouznejad, A., and Gattoufi, S. (2017). Minor and Major Consolidations in Inverse DEA: Definition and Determination, Computers and Industrial Engineering, 103(1), 193-200.
  9. Emrouznejad, A., Yang, G., and Amin, G.R. (2019). A novel inverse DEA model with application to allocate the CO2 emissions quota to different regions in Chinese manufacturing industries. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 70(7), 1079-1090.
  10. Gattoufi, S., Amin, G.R., and Emrouznejad, A. (2014). A new inverse DEA method for merging banks, IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, 25(1): 73-87.
  11. Wegener, M., and Amin, G.R. (2019). Minimizing Greenhouse Gas Emissions using Inverse DEA with an Application in Oil and Gas, Expert Systems with Applications, 122, 369–375.

About the editors

Gholam R. Amin is an Associate Professor of Operations Research and Management Science in the Faculty of Business at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada. He is an Associate Editor of the IMA Journal of Management Mathematics at Oxford University Press. Dr. Amin’s research interests include performance measurement, productivity and efficiency analysis through data envelopment analysis (DEA) and optimization models. Dr. Amin has published over 70 articles in the leading journals such as Operations Research (FT-50), European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Annals of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Computers and Operations Research, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Applied Mathematical Modeling, International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, International Journal of Intelligent Systems, ABACUS, and IMA Journal of Management Mathematics among others. Mustapha Ibn Boamah is a Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Business at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada.

Dr. Ibn Boamah’s research interests include open-economy macroeconomics, monetary economics, international finance, and the economics of financial institutions. He has published in various peer reviewed journals – including publications in the Review of Financial Economics, Atlantic Economic Journal, Strategic Change, Social Responsibility Journal, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, International Journal of Social Economics, Managerial and Decision Economics, Annals of Operations Research, and the European Journal of Operational Research.

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