Dr Ozren Despic


Operations & Information Management Department

Dr Ozren Despic

Ozren Despic is Lecturer in Management Science at Aston Business School. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada.  His research interest is in the area of mathematical modelling and decision making.  In particular, his focus is on developing and constructing geometric DEA based mathematicl models for their use in performance measurement and managerial decision making. He is also  actively helping various SMEs in optimasing their operational and marketing activities. Ozren has a great amount of international experience, having lived, studied and worked in many different countries over the past 20 years.  He is a devoted teacher and he brings his consulting work directly to the classroom.

Position: Lecturer Management Science
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3081 Email: o.despic@aston.ac.uk Room: ABS276

  • PhD in Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

  • BASc in Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

  • 2003 - Date       Lecturer in Management Science, Aston Business School, Aston University, UK
  • 2002 - 2003       Founding Scientific Advisor, Symbio, Toronto, Canada
  • 1997 - 2002       Research Associate, Cente for Management and Technology (CMTE), University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • Sum 1997          Research Associate, ENSIMEV, Université de Valenciennes, Valenciennes, France
  • 1996 - 1997       Research Associate, Facility for Intelligent Decision Support (FIDS), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1994 - 1995       Designer and Mathematical Consultant, AKI, Pardubice, Czech Republic
  • 1992 - 1993       Travelling through East Europe, Russia, China, Tibet, Nepal and India
  • Aut 1992             Barman in an African night club, Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Sum 1992          Farmer in a South Moravian Kolhoz, Znojmo, Czechoslovakia
  • Sum 1989          Chief Cook in East Indian vegetarian restaurant, Hotel Sonnenberg, Selisberg, Switzerland
  • Sum 1988          Construction Designer, sponsored by IAESTE, Lodz, Poland
  • 1981 - 1992       Tutoring high school and university level calculus and algebra, Sarejevo, Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Yugoslavia


Course Director for:

  • MSc in Business and Marketing Analytics (BMA)

  • MSc in Business Analytics and Information Systems Management (BAISM)

  • MSc in Enterprise Systems and Business Analytics (ESBA)

  • MSc in Operational Research and Performance Management (ORPM)



  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • Data Analysis and Modelling for Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Operational Research Techniques
  • Operational Research Methods
  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Decision Analysis
  • Principles and Techniques of Mathematical Modelling in Management


  • Data Envelopment Analysis and Performance Measurement
  • Multi-criteria and Soft Decision Analysis
  • Machine Learning and Optimisation
  • Georgios Kourogiorgas, PhD (full-time), Firm-Customer Relationship Efficiency
  • Hazza Al Neaimi, DBA (part-time), Measuring the Efficiency and Productivity of SMART Government
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

  • Operational Research Society (The OR Society)

  • Maths, Stats & OR Network (a subject network of the HEA, UK)

  • The Association of European Operational Research Society (EURO)

  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Science (INFORMS) and its Decision Analysis Society subdivision

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