DEA Course: Performance Measurement Using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)

Please note that this course is completed.
The next DEA course will run in November 2021.
Details will be available soon. If interested please send an email to Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis <> , We will send full details to you.

Monday June 28, 2021 – 09.00 to 17.30 or 12.30 to 20.00 (UK time)
Tuesday June 29, 2021 – 09.00 to 17.30 or 12.30 to 20.00 (UK time)

Running the course over two-days in staggered parallel streams [ (9am to 5.30pm) or (12.30pm to 8pm) UK time].
As there are registrations from a wide range of time zones we will run two parallel streams staggered streams spanning from 9 am to 8pm London time. One stream will fit better time zones East and the other West of England. This means we shall be repeating some sessions as presenters so you will each have the chance to have the session closer to what would be a reasonable time for your time zone. It also means for some of the sessions all of you will be able to join in at the same time. It also means, if you can cope with the timing, you are welcome to join twice a repeat session if you so wish.

Deadline for registration is 25th June 2021.

Early registration fee: Pay before 15th May 2021 to get 10% discount.

Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis & Professor Ali Emrouznejad

Method of teaching:
Online – via ZOOM


The aim of this course is to enable participants to understand the fundamentals  of  Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)  as a general purpose method for efficiency and productivity analysis in complex multi – output and multi- input contexts in the production of goods and services. The course will cover both the theory and the actual use of DEA. Sample real life and simulated contexts will be used. Apart from the classical DEA models under constant and variable returns to scale, the course will cover models for assessing productivity change over time, for incorporating value judgements in DEA, for target setting and for exploiting economies of scale etc..  (See the outline of course content below.) The course will use various areas of application drawn from the real life experience of the presenters and from the interests of the participants to illustrate approaches. The PIM DEA software  ( will be used for hands on sessions by participants.


Emmanuel Thanassoulis – Emeritus Professor in Management Sciences, (Aston University, Birmingham, UK).

Emmanuel is a world authority on the key method of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and its use within the field of efficiency and productivity measurement. He has published  numerous papers on DEA  in top rated academic journals, has authored  Introduction to the Theory and Application of Data Envelopment Analysis: A foundation text with integrated software  (Springer),   and  co-authored ‘DEA – The Mathematical Programming Approach to Efficiency Analysis’, in The Measurement of Productive Efficiency and Productivity Growth (Oxford University Press). He is on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Operational Research, a top rated journal for learned publications in the field of efficiency and productivity analysis. He has developed DEA Software and has offered advice on efficiency measurement to a variety of organisations including the consultancy Partnership Oxera (, the UK Department for Education and Skills, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office, the Audit Commission, OFWAT (water regulator in England and Wales), Transco,  Severn Trent Water, and to Transmission Service Operators  Netze BW (Germany), Terranets (Germany) and GTS (Holland)..

Ali Emrouznejad – Professor of Business Analytics (Aston University, Birmingham, UK)
Ali is a Professor of 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. Professor  Emrouznejad is Editor of Annals of Operations Research, Associate Editor of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Associate Editor of IMA journal of Management Mathematics, Associate Editor of RAIRO Operations Research Journal, Senior Editor of the Data Envelopment Analysis journal, and member of editorial boards in several other scientific journals. He has published over 100 articles in top ranked journals, he has also published several DEA books including “Performance Measurement with Fuzzy DEA” (Springer) and “Managing Service Productivity” (Springer). Dr Emrouznejad has delivered training courses in UK< France, Hongkong, China, Peru, and many other countries. He has worked on several DEA projects around the world including assessment of Higher education in UK, assessment of health services in Kenya or South Africa, environmental assessment in China, etc…. He is also co-founder of Performance Improvement Management Software (PIM-DEA ( and founder of the DEA webpage,

Who should participate?

Those interested in learning the fundamentals of DEA as well as its more advanced features.  The course will have sessions that start with the theoretical underpinnings of DEA and progress to more advanced concepts. Theoretical sessions will be interspersed with sessions which implement the theory on real or simulated  data.  Participants will be able to run the PIM DEA software (see below) in order to have hands-on experience in using DEA.  In past runs of this course participants have included practitioners from a number of sectors including, regulation, banking, health services, education and other government services.  Research and postgraduate students have also attended the course.

Free Access to DEA Software

PIM-DEA software:

As part of this course all participants will be given free 30 days licence with all features of the PIM-DEA, limited to 50 comparative units. The licence and installation instructions will be sent to you 2 days before the course starts.

Details about this software is available at

Those who attend the course will have free access to the PIM DEA software for a month from 27 June 2021 and will also receive a 10% discount for the software if they order on or before 27 July 2021.

Teaching Schedule

Day 1- Morning

  • Understand the basic principles of DEA. Classical DEA models including dealing with varying types of returns to scale.  
  • An introduction to DEA software.

Day 1- Afternoon

  • Basic DEA models for measuring efficiency in multi-input multi-output situations.
  • Advanced DEA models including fixed variables such as environment, capital assets
  • Hands on session using DEA software.

Day 2- Morning

  • Assessment under variable returns to scale, scale efficiency, most productive scale size and target setting.
  • Alternative approaches to measuring productivity change over time at company and at sector level; technical versus cost productivity change. 

Day 2- Afternoon

  • Further extensions of DEA including comparisons of groups of operating units, clustering of units and combining DEA and regression analysis in efficiency assessments.
  • Illustrative applications of DEA drawn from real life contexts, including from delegates’ work experience.
  • Hands on session  using advanced features of PIM-DEA software.

Fees / Payment / Registration

Payment is required in full upon registration. This can be made via PayPal either through a PayPal account or, if you do not have one, by major credit / debit cards.

By registering you accept that you have read and agree to the “Short Course Terms and Conditions”.

This course runs online, and so you should have internet connection and ZOOM Software. If there is any issue with the payment system please contact Prof Emmanuel Thanassoulis.

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Early registration fee
DEA Course (2 days)
(Pay before 15th May 2021)
£ 440
£ 890
DEA Course (2 days)
(Register after 15th May 2021)
£ 490
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