Innovative applications of data envelopment analysis, Dubai, November 2017

1st AUE International Research Conference: “Creative Business and Social Innovation”
15th-16th November, 2017, Dubai


Submission: (deadline 1st October)


Session title: Innovative applications of data envelopment analysis
Session organizer: Dr Panagiotis D. Zervopoulos, Department of Management, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


Session details: The emphasis of this session is on the application of data envelopment analysis (DEA) to real-world cases aiming to shed light on operational/managerial perspectives. DEA is a widely used technique for measuring the relative performance of units and benchmarking. Since its inception (1978), thousands of theoretical and empirical works have been published. DEA-based empirical studies provide insightful managerial implications and facilitate decision making. This session welcomes real-world DEA-based empirical studies from a wide range of areas, such as banking, finance, health care, government, education, energy, environment, and tourism. A particular aim of this session is to attract empirical studies from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and other geographical locations to ensure the broadest possible range of contributions. Cross-country applications also lie within the scope of this session

DEA40: International conference of DEA [Celebrating 40th Anniversary of DEA]

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A course on Benchmarking and productivity analyses with economic applications


Benchmarking and productivity analyses with economic applications  – PhD courses in Denmark  

PhD School in Economics and Management at CBS

Course dates: 25 September 2017 – 29 September 2017
Lecturer: Professor Peter Bogetoft, Department of Economics, CBS
Place/Venue:Porcelænshaven 18B
City: Frederiksberg
ECTS: 5 points


A basic knowledge of quantitative methods and statistics is desirable, but the course will refresh the participants’ prior knowledge as we go along. During the course, we will also train the use of opens source software like R. Participants are encouraged to bring their own notebooks to facilitate subsequent usage.
The aim of this course is to introduce the participants to the theory and practice of performance evaluations and their usages in research, policy analyses, incentive schemes and regulation.
Specifically, the objectives are
1. To provide a basic understanding of state-of-the-art benchmarking, efficiency and productivity analyses methods using Data Envelopment Analyses (DEA), Stochastic Frontier Analyses (SFA) and related methods.
2. To provide training in the actual usage of such methods and associated software on different applications
3. To discuss the usage of performance evaluations to evaluate economic systems and to design decision support, reallocation mechanisms and incentive systems.Background: Productivity and efficiency analysis is a rapidly growing, interdisciplinary field of research in economics, management sciences, and statistics. In addition to the empirical research on the magnitude, direction, and sources of productivity growth, this literature has produced quantitative methods such as data envelopment analysis (DEA) and stochastic frontier analysis (SFA), which have diffused beyond their traditional confinement to production settings. These tools are used in many different application areas including environment, development studies, education, finance, health care studies, natural resource management, public economics, and sports studies, among other fields. The tools and approaches of productivity analysis are equally well suited for micro-level analyses of firms and other decision-making units as well as macro-level cross-country comparisons. Integration with incentive theory, mechanism design and decision support systems makes the tools relevant also in normative applications
Course content
The course comes in two parts.

Base course
Day 1 : Welcome * Introduction and overview ?* Production and costs models ?* Firm behavior ?* Efficiency concepts * Exercises *Installation of software
Day 2 : Data Envelopment Analyses (DEA) * Non-discretionary, environmental, quality etc variables * Dual models * Game interpretations * Exercises.
Day 3 : Statistical inference in DEA * Bootstrapping * Two stage models * Stochastic Frontier Analyses (SFA) * Exercises
Day 4 : Reallocation, market and merger analyses * Decision Support Systems * Network models * Exercises
Day 5 :Efficiency and Incentives, * Contracts * Regulation * Yardstick competition, * Auctions * Exercises

Add-on course (Optional)
Individual advice ?* Participants work on own projects * Individual advise on methods, analyses and interpretation of results
Day 6 & 7 : Participants present preliminary results * Additional topics covered depending on interests of participants (e.g. Indices, rational inefficiency, dynamic efficiency, advanced SFA, advanced bootstrapping, regulatory practices, etc).

Teaching style
The base course (5 ETCS) stretches over five days. Each day will consist of lecturing in the morning and conceptual discussions and data exercises in the afternoon.
The optional add-on course (5 ETCS) consists of advise to individuals or groups on specific research projects during a one month period combined with two days of final lecturing and presentations of the participants’ research work.
Lecture plan
Learning objectives
A course certificate for the base course is granted based on attendance and active participating.
A course certificate for the add-on course is granted based on progress with individual projects and active participation in the in class activities.
When registering for the course please write a few lines on your background in ‘comments’

Call for PAPERS: DEA at OR59 Conference, September, UK

Call for PAPERS: DEA at OR59

Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) stream at the OR Society Annual UK Conference

12th – 14th, September 2017, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK

I would like to issue an invitation to take part in the Data Envelopment Analysis and Performance Measurement Stream of the OR59 Conference. This conference will be held at the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK from 12th to 14th September 2017. 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 30th June 2017 at


Further details about the DEA stream is available at


Deadline for submission abstract:         July 21, 2017

Deadline for early registration fee:         July 26, 2017

Conference date:                                       September 12-14, 2017

Conference Venue:                                    Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK

Kind regards,

Ali Emrouznejad

Professor of Business Analytics
Operations & Information Management Group

Aston Business School
Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET, UK

[Data Envelopment | DEA Software | Research Gate]

Special issue of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences on “Indices for the Betterment of the Public”

Socio-Economic Planning Sciences: The International Journal of Public Sector Decision-Making

Special issue on Indices for the Betterment of the Public

Guest editors: 

Vincent Charles, Director of Research (Intl. Affairs), CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School, Peru

Ali Emrouznejad, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Michael P. Johnson, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, USA

Further details: please click here.

Over the years, the quest for a better society has led to the birth of a variety of composite indices of development, from the gross domestic product to the happiness index. These indices usually integrate various social, cultural, psychological, and political aspects and are considered of vital importance for evaluating a country’s level of development and for assessing the impact of policy specially in public sector. Overall, they consist of numerical measures that describe the well-being of both the individual and the society as a whole.

The Special Issue of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences encourages original research articles of high quality that provide innovative quantitative and qualitative methodologies based on optimization/non-optimization, statistical learning, econometrics, and heuristics.

Topics include but are not limited to:

•             Big Mac Index

•             Competitiveness Index

•             Corruption Perception Index

•             Country Risk Index

•             Democracy Index

•             Doing Business Index

•             GINI Index

•             Global Entrepreneurship Index

•             Global Marketing Index

•             Happiness Index

•             Human Development Index

•             Index of Economic Freedom

•              Social Progress Index, and so on

As such, the Special Issue focuses on the conceptualization and development of new indices for the betterment of the public and/or novel algorithms/approaches that integrate or refine the above indices and/or novel ways of using the existing indices to improve the public policies that serve the greater good. Moreover, this special issue is intended for articles that go beyond purely suggesting a new/modern/revised index with the economics view and conceivably validating it using real life vital data sets; hence, articles that eventually help policy-makers to not only gain an advanced understanding of the ways that would unleash greater long-term social success, but also propose strategies that would create the conditions for the betterment of the public are encouraged.

Contributions from both the academic and the practitioner communities are encouraged. Submitted articles should include a separate section on implications for public policy and, among others, the section should discuss the tie between the proposed indices and the decision strategies in view of public policy.

Important Dates

31 January 2018 : Submission Deadline
30 April 2018 : Notification of first round of review results
30 September 2018 : Final acceptances after second round of review

Editorial Process

Manuscripts need to be submitted via by choosing Article Type “Indices”. Early submission recommended, referee process starts once the paper received, accepted papers will be published individually online as they are accepted.  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.

Call for Papers: (Informs) Annual conference – Young Researcher’s sessions

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 22-25, 2017 in Houston, TX.  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 us organize some very good sessions. I hope you have enjoyed the sessions too. For others I would like to invite you to join for the first time.

This year John Ruggiero, Ole B. Olesen and I will organize a couple of Young Researcher’s sessions. If you are interested to participate in these special sessions please let me know. The format of these sessions is a bit different. We will organize 10 minutes constructive critique and discussion as a follow up of your presentation. However, this requires that we get your presentation by email at least a week before the conference. Unfortunately, Informs will not provide funding for young researchers registration fee. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

If you plan to submit an abstract to this track, please provide me your name and email address and tentative title. 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 August 1st.

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


Andy Johnson?

Andrew Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Texas A&M University
4033 ETED
3131 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3131
Phone: 979.458.2356

Special Issue of “Business Research Quarterly” on New Frontiers for Productivity Research in Management and Business

Business Research Quarterly
Call for Papers for a Special Issue
New Frontiers for Productivity Research in Management and Business

Submission deadline: December 31, 2017

Guest Editors
E. Grifell-Tatjé, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
C. A. K. Lovell, University of Queensland, Australia
Aims and scope
This special issue focuses on the use of performance measurement methodologies for the improvement of business analysis and managerial decision making.
We seek high-quality papers that advance our knowledge on the many relationships linking management practices with business productivity and its financial consequences. We invite contributions from a range of fields in the disciplines of economics and business. Empirical contributions, including those using index numbers or frontier techniques (both parametric and non-parametric approaches) from economics and operational research, are particularly welcome.
Examples of currently relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Technological and institutional drivers of productivity growth
– Business models, business strategy and productivity
– Benchmarking procedures and productivity
– Productivity gaps relative to best practice
– Productivity dispersion among firms
– Business value creation and value capture
– Business restructuring, including downsizing, and productivity
– Distribution of the fruits of productivity gains among stakeholders
– Human resource management practices and productivity
– Information technology adoption and productivity
– The impact on productivity of human capital and other intangible assets
– Corporate social responsibility, social economic progress, and productivity
– Externalities, social costs, and productivity
– Environmental productivity accounting
– The productivity performance of family firms
– The productivity impacts of sourcing strategies, production fragmentation, and global value chains
– The impact of regulation of product and labor markets on productivity
– The impact of coopetition on productivity
– The relationship between financial structure and productivity
– The impact of financial frictions and credit constraints on productivity
– The relationship between productivity and financial performance

Submission Process
Manuscripts submitted to this special issue should be prepared according to Business Research Quarterly’s (BRQ) guidelines for authors. The special issue will be published in 2018. Original submissions are due by December 31, 2017. Early submissions are encouraged. Submissions must be made online via the Elsevier Editorial System for Business Research Quarterly at and should be clearly marked for consideration in the special issue titled “New Frontiers for Productivity Research in Management and Business”

Further Information
Prospective contributors are welcome to contact the guest editors via email at any point over the duration of this Call for Papers to communicate their intention to submit and to dialogue about the fit and scope of the manuscript they are preparing for consideration in the Special Issue.
E. Grifell-Tatjé
C. A. K. Lovell

About BRQ
BRQ Business Research Quarterly is the official journal of ACEDE (Spanish Academy of Management). Founded in 1998 as Cuadernos de Economía y Dirección de la Empresa (CEDE), it soon became the leading management publication in Spanish thanks to its strong academic reputation. The journal was indexed in the SCCI in 2008, and it is published in English under the new title Business Research Quarterly since 2014. From the very outset, BRQ has sought to provide widespread coverage of high quality research in a broad range of topics such as human resource management, organization theory, strategic management, corporate governance, managerial economics, marketing, finance, accounting and operations management. It is therefore a multidisciplinary journal inspired by diversity and open to methodological plurality. Business Research Quarterly is indexed in Scopus and JCR/Social Science Citation Index (current IF: 0.857).

Special issue of CEREM on Uses of Frontier Efficiency Methodologies in Developing Countries

Special issue on

Uses of Frontier Efficiency Methodologies in Developing Countries

Central European Review of Economics and Management (CEREM)

ISSN 2543-9472; eISSN 2544-0365

Guest editors:

Ali Emrouznejad, Aston Business School, UK

Francisco Vargas Serrano, University of Sonora, Mexico

The Central European Review of Economics and Management (CEREM) is a peer-reviewed, inter-disciplinary international journal to focus on state-of-the-art empirical and theoretical studies in the field of economics and management. It aims to create a platform for exchange of knowledge and ideas between research, business, governmental and other actors. Besides more traditional scientific papers, the journal welcomes conceptual papers, opinion papers and policy discussions from academic, corporate, governmental and civil society representatives.

This special issue aims to focus on holistic, applied research on Performance Measurement with applications in Developing Countries and for publication of relevant applied research to bridge the gap between industry and academia. We, therefore, seek high-quality papers that will contribute significantly to performance improvement of Developing Countries. Applications of both non-parametric methods such as Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and parametric methods such as Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA) will be considered.

Manuscript Preparation

Please refer to the Journal Information and Author Guidelines for additional information on manuscript preparation at

Important Dates

30 June 2017 : Submission of Abstract
15 July 2017 : Notification of status invitation to submit full paper
31 August 2017 : Deadline for submission of full paper
10 October 2017 : Notification of acceptance or invitation for revision of paper
30 November 2017 : Final version of paper
December 2017 : Publication

Notes for Prospective Authors

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


Pleases send your initial abstract to the guest editors:

Professor Ali Emrouznejad ( )
Operations & Information Management Group
Aston Business School, Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET , UK
Professor Francisco Vargas Serrano, (

University of Sonora,



LEER Summer School 2017: Research on education economics, May 29-31, Leuven

LEER Summer School 2017

May 29-31, Leuven,
Faculty of Economics and Business

The summer school provides junior and senior researchers the opportunity to discuss their research on education economics. The summer school has 10 invited speakers: Tommaso Agasisti, Carla Haelermans, Daniel Horn, Hubert Kiss, Erwin Ooghe, Nicky Rogge, Mike Smet, Geert Van Campenhout, Kristof De Witte and Dieter Verhaest.  The invited speakers present a blend of theory and empirical issues on the use of experiments in education, the financing of education and the measurement of performance in education.

Selected junior researchers have the opportunity to present their work (or research ideas) and receive feedback from senior researchers. Further details on the workshop are provided in the menu at the right-hand side.
The workshop includes oral presentations. Presenters are expected to send a minimum 200-300 word structured abstract to before May 10, 2017.
Selected papers will be presented by participants during this Summer School.

All further details can be found on this LEER site

5th Workshop on Efficiency in Education, Budapest, Hungary October 19th and 20th, 2017

5th Workshop on Efficiency in Education
“Efficiency in education and performance measurement in public sector”
Budapest, Hungary, October 19th and 20th, 2017

Call for papers
“Value for money” has always been an important objective of public spending, but it became an imperative in recent times characterized by tight public budgets and persistent economic stagnation. Education is an area of substantial public spending in most countries, so that the efficiency of educational institutions’ operations is constantly under the lenses of attentive analytical scrutiny and policy analysis. The academic literature proposes several methods for analysing the efficiency of educational institutions, and for assessing the relationships between the efficiency of public education spending and the effectiveness of interventions and policies. The Workshop is a privileged occasion for presenting new methods, applications of existent techniques, as well as advancements and new directions of theoretical and empirical research.
The Workshop is the fifth of a series of academic meetings focused on efficiency analysis in education, the previous ones being hosted in Greece (Thessaloniki) – 2013, United Kingdom (London) – 2014, Belgium (Leuven) – 2015, and Milan (Italy) in 2016.
The 2017 Workshop, organized within the activities of the H2020 project EdEN (Education Economics Network), explicitly aims at bringing together theoretical and empirical studies which focus on the measurement of efficiency in education, and linking this area of research with the broader topic of measuring the performance of organizations in the public sector.

Prospective participants can also propose not only single papers, but also entire sessions, that can share thematic interests or methodological communalities. In this case, please indicate the name of the Chair responsible for organising the session.
Extended abstracts (max 3/4 pages) or full papers must be submitted by email to
by July 3rd, 2017, and notification of acceptance will be sent out by July 10th, 2017.

The event is hosted by the Center for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, within the new Research Building of Human Sciences (MTA Humán Tudományok Kutatóháza) located at Budapest, Tóth Kálmán u. 4, 1097. Hungary


Prof. dr. Tommaso Agasisti (
Dr. Dániel Horn (
Prof. Dr. Kristof De Witte (

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