Introduction to data envelopment analysis and its applications

Ali Emrouznejad*, Emilyn Cabanda

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter provides the theoretical foundation and background on Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) method and some variants of basic DEA models and applications to various sectors. Some illustrative examples, helpful resources on DEA, including DEA software package, are also presented in this chapter. DEA is useful for measuring relative efficiency for variety of institutions and has its own merits and limitations. This chapter concludes that DEA results should be interpreted with much caution to avoid giving wrong signals and providing inappropriate recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of research on strategic performance management and measurement using data envelopment analysis
EditorsIbrahim H. Osman, Abdel Latef Anouze, Ali Emrouznejad
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4666-4474-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4666-4475-5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


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