Ali Emrouznejad

Professor and Chair in Business Analytics, BSc, MSc, PGc, PhD, FIMA


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    Ali Emrouznejad is a Professor and Chair in Business Analytics at Aston Business School, UK. His areas of research interest include performance measurement and management, efficiency and productivity analysis as well as data mining and big data. He holds an MSc in applied mathematics and received his PhD in operational research and systems from Warwick Business School, UK. Having got PhD in the area of DEA, in 1998, he has joined to the development team of Performance Indicators (PI) in Higher Education (HE) at HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England). The PI in HE has been widely published and it is now an annual publication of HESA (Higher Education Statistical Agency). He has also collaborated on research project titled “assessing cost efficiencies in higher education” funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). He worked together with WHO-Africa (World Health Organization) on several projects to improve efficiency and productivity of hospitals and healthcare systems in several African countries including: Angola, Zambia and Kenya.  His most research projects are on “Analysis of efficiencies and productivity evolution in manufacturing industries with CO2 emissions” funded by Royal Academy of Engineering and “Measuring efficiency of small-scale sugarcane growers in Africa” funded by British Council.


    Prof Emrouznejad is editor of Annals of Operations Research, guest editor or associate editor to nubmer of other journals including: European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Operational Research Society, OR Spectrum, RAIOR-Operations ResearchSocio-Economic Planning SciencesIMA journal of Management MathematicsJournal of Medical Systems and International Journal of Energy Management Sector, and Data Envelopment Analysis journal.  He is also member of editorial boards of several other scientific journals including  EURO Journal on Decision ProcessesInternational Journal of Society Systems ScienceInternational Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, and Central European Review of Economics and Management.


    He has published over 175 articles in top ranked journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, OMEGA, Computers and Operations Research, RAIRO-Operations Research, Journal of Operational Research Society, Annals of Operations Research , Information and Management, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Expert Systems with Applications, International Transactions in Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, Computers and Industrial Engineering, International Journal of Operations Research, International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Knowledge-Based Systems, Soft computing, International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Information Sciences, Expert Systems, Applied Mathematics and Computation, Applied Mathematical Modelling, International Journal of Financial Service Management, Journal of Global Information Management, Assembly Automation, Applied Economics Letters, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Journal of Environmental Technology and Management Energy, Energy policy, Journal of Medical Systems and many more.


    Prof Emrouznejad is author / editor of several books including (1) “Applied Operational Research with SAS” (CRC Taylor & Francis), (2) “Big Data Optimization” (Springer), (3) “Performance Measurement with Fuzzy Data Envelopment Analysis” (Springer), (4) “Big Data for Greater Good” (Springer), (5) “Managing Service Productivity” (Springer), (6) “Fuzzy Analytics Hierarchy Process” (CRC Taylor & Francis), and (7) “Handbook of Research on Strategic Performance Management and Measurement” (IGI Global).


    He is a member of the Operational Research Society of UK (since 1993), secretary of Midland Operational Research Society (2004-2012), and Co-founder of Performance Improvement Management Software (DEA-PIMsoft). Further to this Ali's website ( in DEA has internationally recognised as a main source for DEA users.

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    Research Interests

    Data Envelopment Analysis
    • Performance Management
    • Data Mining
    • Statistical software

    Teaching Activity

    • Data Mining and Web Analytics

    • Big data for Decison Making
    • Research Methods III (PhD students)

    • Operational Research Techniques II (UG students)

    • Operational Research Methods  (MSc students)

    • Data Mining for Managerial Decision Making  (MSc students)

    • Market Analytics (MSc students)

    • Business Intelligence


    • Ph.D in Operational Research and systems, Warwick Business School, UK
    • PGC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Coventry University, UK
    • M.Sc in Mathematics, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran
    • B.Sc in Applied Mathematics, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran


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