Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis

Operations & Information Management Department

 

Emmanuel Thanassoulis is Professor in Management Sciences at Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK. He has an extensive research track record, applications and teaching experience in comparative-efficiency assessment methods, especially those based on Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). He has over 60 refereed academic publications in the area. He has also authored Introduction to the Theory and Application of Data Envelopment Analysis: A foundation text with integrated software. (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston), and more recently Thanassoulis  et al. (2007) DEA – The Mathematical Programming Approach to Efficiency Analysis, in The Measurement of Productive Efficiency and Productivity Growth, (Hal Fried, Knox Lovell and Shelton Schmidt editors, Oxford University Press).

He has developed DEA Software and has acted as consultant on DEA to a variety of organisations, including The Department for Education and Skills, The Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office, HM Treasury, the Audit Commission, OFWAT, Transco and Severn Trent Water. He runs bespoke training courses on the methods of efficiency and productivity analysis. He has acted for many years as Joint Editor of the Journal of Productivity Analysis and is on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Operational Research, both key journals for learned publications in the field of efficiency and productivity analysis.

Position: Professor
Email: e.thanassoulis@aston.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3254
Room: ABS264
CV

  • 1984 University of Warwick, PhD. Research area: Operational Research.
  • 1975 University of Warwick, MSc in "Management Science and Operational Research".
  • 1973 Sussex University, BSc in "Engineering with Operational Research", 1st Class Honours.
  • 1999- Professor in Management Sciences, Aston Business School, University of Aston, Birmingham.
  • 1996 - 1999 Senior Lecturer in Operational Research, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry
  • 1977 - 1996 Lecturer in Operational Research, Warwick University as above.

The main subject areas I have taught are:

  • Linear programming - Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Project Scheduling - Non-linear optimisation methods
  • Dynamic programming - Multi-objective programming methods
  • Statistics
  • BNM1 (PG) Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Management
  • BNM4 (PG) Data Envelopment Analysis
  • BNM5 (PG) Application of comparative performance measurement methods
  • BNM701 (PG) Operational Research Methods
  • Methods of performance measurement
  • Theory and application of Data Envelopment Analysis

Contract

  • Thanassoulis, Emmanuel (Principal), "Tellus Survey," Sponsored by Department for Children, Schools and Families, £ (GBP) 1,600.00. (August 5, 2008 - Present)
  • Thanassoulis, Emmanuel (Principal), "Data employment analysis to look at provider performance for employment zones," Sponsored by Department for Work and Pensions, £ (GBP) 1,600.00. (September 24, 2009 - August 17, 2010)
  • Thanassoulis, Emmanuel (Principal), "Data envelopment analysis (DEA) for assessing reduction in length of stay (LOS) in hospital," Sponsored by The Welsh Assembly Government, £ (GBP) 1,647.94. (November 5, 2009 - February 28, 2010)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (2005-2009) (£60, 000) Project Title: Developing Panel Based Methods for Assessing Relative Performance in the English and Welsh Water and Sewerage Industry(Joint with Saal – Collaborative Case award with the Office of Water Services (OFWAT), economic regulator of water and sewerage companies in England and Wales) (With D. Saal)
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England (2004-5) (£70,000) (Project director.) The assessment of productivity change over time in central administrative services in UK Higher Education Institutions. (with Brignall, Aston Business School)
  • The Department for Education and Skills (£30,000) (Project director.) Costs of Higher Education in England (2003) – (With Prof. G. and Dr J. Johnes, Lancaster University)
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England (2003) (£11,000) (Dissemination of research findings on UK university central administrative services) 
  • The Department for Education and Skills (2002) (£25,000) (Project director.) Assessing school effectiveness using Data Envelopment Analysis ( with Drs Simpson and Battisti, Aston Business School)
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England (2000-3) (£188,000) (Project director.) The identification and dissemination of good quality cost-efficient central administrative services in UK Higher Education Institutions. (with Saunders and Brignall, Aston Business School)
  • Leverhulme Trust (1996 -7) (£12,000) (Personal Research Fellowship) Project: The identification of the determinants of school effectiveness.
  • Elena Papagiannki - Forms of unpaid labour and their impact on productivity
  • George Kourogiorgas: Using DEA to improve customer life value

 

  • Guest Editor, Journal of the Operational Research Society (2015)
  • Joint Editor, Journal of Data Envelopment Analysis. (2011 - 2014)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Productivity Analysis. (2008 - Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, European Journal of Operational Research. (2007 - Present)
  • Editor, Joint, Journal of Productivity Analysis. (2002 - 2008)
  • Member, Operational Research Society (UK)

Sample recent refereed publications

  • Mohsen Afsharian, Heinz Ahn, Emmanuel Thanassoulis (forthcoming) A Frontier-based System of Incentives for Units in Organisations with Varying Degrees of Decentralisation European Journal of Operational Research.

  • Thanassoulis E., C. M. Silva, “Measuring efficiency through Data Envelopment Analysis”Impact”, Spring 2018, Published by the Operational Research Society, UK.

  • Thanassoulis E., Sotiros D., Koronakos G., Despotis D. (2018 ) Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of University Academic Recruitment and Promotion Policies, European Journal of Operational Research 264 (2018) pp. 742-755 DOI information: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2017.06.046

  • Emrouznejad, A. and E. Thanassoulis (2018), Data Envelopment Analysis and Performance Measurement: Recent Developments: Proceedings of the DEA40: International Conference of Data Envelopment Analysis, April 2018, Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK, ISBN: 978 1 85449 438 2

  • Thanassoulis, Dey P., E. Petridis K., Goniadis I. and Georgiou A. C. (2017) An integrated AHP/DEA model in analyzing SET questionnaires for teaching evaluation in Higher Education , Journal of the Operational Research Society Volume 68, Issue 4, pp 431–445, April 2017. doi:10.1057/s41274-016-0165-4 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41274-016-0165-4 ISSN: 01605682

  • Johnes J., Portela C. M. S., Thanassoulis E. (2017) Efficiency in Education, Journal of the Operational Research Society Journal of the Operational Research Society Volume 68, Issue 4, pp 431–445, DOI 10.1057/jors.2015.92 (Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/jors.2015.92).

  • Maziotis, A., Saal, D. S., Thanassoulis, E., Molinos-Senante, M. 2016. Price-cap regulation in the English and Welsh water industry: A proposal for measuring productivity performance. Util. Policy. Volume 41, p 22-30, (doi:10.1016/j.jup.2016.04.002)

  • Mohsen Afsharian, Heinz Ahn, Emmanuel Thanassoulis (2016) A DEA-based Incentives System for Centrally Managed Multi-Unit Organisations European Journal of Operational Research 259(2), 587-598. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j. ejor.2016.10.040. 

  • Thanassoulis E, M Portela and Graveney M. (2016) Identifying the Scope for Savings At Inpatient Episode Level: An Illustration Applying DEA to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease European Journal of Operational Research Volume 255, Issue 2, 1 December 2016, Pages 570–582, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2016.05.028

  • Thanassoulis E., Khanjani Shiraz R., Maniadakis N. (2015), A Cost Malmquist Productivity Index Capturing Group Performance European Journal of Operational Research 241 (2015) Issue 3 796–805, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2014.09.002. Issn 0377-2217

  • Maziotis A, Saal D, Thanassoulis E, Molinos M, (2014) Profit, productivity and price performance changes in the water and sewerage industry: an empirical application for England and Wales Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy 10/2014; 17(4). DOI: 10.1007/s10098-014-0852-2

  • Maria C. S. Portela Emmanuel Thanassoulis (2014) Economic efficiency when prices are not fixed: Disentangling quantity and price efficiency  Omega, The International Journal of Management Science Vol 47 pp 36–44 DOIhttp://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0305048314000267

  • Maziotis A, Saal D, Thanassoulis E, Molinos M, (2014) Profit change and its drivers in the English and Welsh water industry: is output quality important? Water Policy pp ISBN 1366-7017 DOI: 10.2166/wp.2014.151

  • Thanassoulis, E., Portela, M., Graveney, M. (2014). Using DEA to Estimate Potential Savings at GP units at Medical Specialty Level.Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 48, 38-48.

  • Petridis, K., Malesios, C., Arabatzis, G., Thanassoulis, E. (2013). Efficiency analysis of forestry journals: Suggestions for improving journals’ quality.Journal of Informetrics, 7, 505-521.

  • Giraleas D., Thanssoulis E., Emrouznejad A.  (2013) Productivity change using growth accounting and frontier-based approaches – Evidence from a Monte Carlo analysis- European Journal of Operational Research,222(3), 673-683.

  • Thanassoulis E, M Portela and Graveney M.  (2012) Estimating the Scope for Savings in referrals and drug prescription costs in the General Practice, units of a UK Primary Care Trust, European Journal of Operational Research http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2012.03.035- Volume 221, Issue 2, 1 September 2012, Pages 432–444

  • Thanassoulis, E. Kortelainen M. Geraint Johnes, Jill Johnes (2011) An Analysis of Costs in Institutions of Higher Education In England: DEA approach  Journal of the Operational Research Society Vol. 62, pp 1282–1297

  • Maria C. A. S. Portela, Emmanuel Thanassoulis, Alan Horncastle, Tobias Maugg  (2011) Productivity change in the Water Industry in England and Wales: Application of the Meta-Malmquist Index, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 62, pp 2173-2188.

  • Thanassoulis, E., M. Kortelainen, and R. Allen. (2011). Improving envelopment in Data Envelopment Analysis under variable returns to scale. European Journal of Operational Research

  • Emrouznejad, A., Anouze, A., Thanassoulis, E. (2010). A semi-oriented radial measure for measuring efficiency of decision making units with negative data, using DEA.European Journal of Operational Research.

  • De Witte, K., Thanassoulis, E., Simpson, Battisti, G., May, C. (2010). Assessing pupil and school performance by non-parametric and parametric techniques.Journal of the Operational Research Society, 61, 1224-1237.

  • Thanassoulis, E., Kortelainen, M., Johnes, G., Johnes, J. (2010). Costs and efficiency of higher education institutions in England: A DEA analysis.Journal of the Operational Research Society, Jan-16.

  • Portela, M., Thanassoulis, E. (2010). Malmquist Indices for measuring productivity in the presence of negative data:   An application to bank branches.Journal of Banking & Finance, 34, 1472-1483.

  • Emrouznejad, A., Thanassoulis, E. (2010). Measurement of productivity index with dynamic data envelopment analysis.International Journal of Operational Research, 8(2), 247-260.

  • Emrouznejad, A., Amin, G. R., Thanassoulis, E., Anouze, A. L. (2010). On the boundedness of the SORM DEA models with negative data.European Journal of Operational Research, 206(1), 265-268.

  • Johnes, G., Johnes, J., Thanassoulis, E. (2008). An analysis of costs in institutions of higher education in England.Studies in Higher Education, 33(5), 527-549.

  • Portela, M., Thanassoulis, E. (2007). Comparative efficiency analysis of Portuguese bank branches.European Journal of Operational Research, 177, 1275-1288.

  • Portela, M., Thanassoulis, E. (2007). Developing a decomposable measure of profit efficiency using DEA.Journal of the Operational Research Society, 58, 481-490.

  • Podinovski, V., Thanassoulis, E. (2007). Improving discrimination in data envelopment analysis: some practical suggestions.Journal of Productivity Analysis, 28, 117-126.

  • Thanassoulis, E., Podinovski, V. (2007). Special issue on: Applications and application-motivated developments in productivity analysis.Journal of Productivity Analysis, 28, 01-Feb.

  • Casu, B., Thanassoulis, E. (2006). Evaluating cost efficiency in central administrative services in UK universities.OMEGA, 34(5), 417-426.

  • Portela, M., Thanassoulis, E. (2006). Malmquist indexes using a geometric distance function GDF: Application to a sample of Portuguese bank branches.Journal of Productivity Analysis, 25(01-Feb), 25-42.

  • Portela, M., Thanassoulis, E. (2006). Zero weights and non-zero slacks: Different solution to the same problem.Annals of Operations Research, 145(1), 129-147.

  • Emrouznejad, A., Thanassoulis, E. (2005). A mathematical model for dynamic efficiency using data envelopment analysis.Applied Mathematics and Computation, 160, 363-378.

  • Emrouznejad, A., Podinovski, V., Thanassoulis, E. (2005). Data Envelopment Analysis: Theory and applications.Journal of the Operational Research Society, 56(2), 180-192.

  • Portela, M., Thanassoulis, E. (2005). Profitability of a sample of Portuguese bank branches and its decomposition into technical and allocative components.European Journal of Operational Research, 162, 850-866.

  • Casu, B., Shaw, D., Thanassoulis, E. (2005). Using a group support system to aid input-output identification in DEA.Journal of the Operational Research Society, 56(12), 1363-1372.

  • Maniadakis, N., Thanassoulis, E. (2004). A cost Malmquist productivity index.European Journal of Operational Research, 154, 396-409.

  • Cooper, W. W., Seiford, L. M., Thanassoulis, E., Zanakis, S. H. (2004). DEA and its uses in different countries.European Journal of Operational Research, 154, 337-344.

  • Allen, R., Thanassoulis, E. (2004). Improving envelopment in data envelopment analysis.European Journal of Operational Research, 154, 363-379.

  • Portela, M., Thanassoulis, E., Simpson, G. (2004). Negative data in DEA: a directional distance approach applied to bank branches.Journal of the Operational Research Society, 55, 1111-1121.

  • Portela, M. C. A. S., Thanassoulis, E., Simpson, G. (2004). Negative data in DEA: A directional distance approach applied to bank branches.Journal of the Operational Research Society, 55(10), 1111-1121.

  • Portela, M., Thanassoulis, E., Borges, P. (2003). Finding closest targets in non-oriented DEA models: The case of convex and non-convex technologies.Journal of Productivity Analysis, 19, 251-269.

  • Thanassoulis, E. (2002). Comparative performance measurement in regulation: The case of English and Welsh sewerage services.Journal of the Operational Research Society, 53(5), 292-302.

  • Thanassoulis, E., Portela, M. (2002). School outcomes: Sharing the responsibility between pupil and school.Education Economics, 10(2), 183-207.

  • Portela, M., Thanassoulis, E. (2001). Decomposing school and school-type efficiency.European Journal of Operational Research, 132(2), 357-373.

Book Chapters

  • Thanassoulis, E., Portela, M., Despic, O. (2008). DEA – The Mathematical Programming Approach to Efficiency Analysis. The Measurement of Productive Efficiency and Productivity Growth. Oxford University Press.

  • Horncastle, A., Jevons, D., Dudley, P., Thanassoulis, E. (2006). Efficiency analysis of delivery officers in the postal sector using stochastic frontier and data envelopment analysis. Advances in Regulatory Economics: Liberalization of the Postal and Delivery Sector. Edward Elgar.

  • Thanassoulis, E., Portela, M., Allen, R. (2004). Incorporating value judgments in DEA. Handbook on Data Envelopment Analysis. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

 Working Papers

  • Mazioti, A., Saal, D., Thanassoulis, E. (2009). Regulatory price performance, excess cost indexes and profitability: How effective is price cap regulation in the water industry?.

  • Emrouznejad, A., Anouze, A. L., Thanassoulis, E. (2008). A DEA model for units with negative data.

  • Thanassoulis, E. Assessing pupil and school performance by non-parametric and parametric techniques.

  Recent Presentations

  • Thanassoulis, E., Triennial conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, Barcelona, Spain, 14-18 July 2014

  • Thanassoulis, E., 12th International Conference on Data Envelopment Analysis, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, April 14-17, 2014

  • Thanassoulis, E., 11th International Conference on Data Envelopment Analysis, Samsun, Turkey June 14-17, 2013

  • Thanassoulis, E., 16th International Scientific Conference Applications of Mathematics and Statistics in Economy August 28 - September 1, 2013 Gerlachov, Slovakia

  • Thanassoulis, E., 10th International Conference on Data Envelopment Analysis, University of Natal, Natal, Brazil, August, 2012

  • Thanassoulis, E., 100th anniversary, Seikei University, Tokyo, Japan (2012). 

  • Thanassoulis, E., European Federation of Operational Research Societies (EURO) Conference, Vilinus. (2012)

  • Greasley, A., Wang, Y., Thanassoulis, E., British Academy of Management (BAM) 2011 Conference, "How to achieve complementary benefits of efficiency and flexibility in using ERP systems?", Aston University, Birmingham (13-15 September).

  • Wang, Y., Greasley, A., Thanassoulis, E., Production and Operations Management (POM) 2011 Conference, "Adopting ERP with informality in order to foster both efficiency and flexibility operations", Reno, Nevada, USA. (April 29-May 2, 2011).

 

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Head of Group. (September 2010 - Present)
  • Research Centre Director, School. (2005 - August 2013)
  • MSc OR Course Director, School. (September 2007 - August 2009)
  • Research Programme Director, School. (September 2007 - August 2009)
  • Leadership Group member, School.
  • Research Committee member, School.
  • Strategy Formulation Group member, School.