Data envelopment analysis based on team reasoning

Meimei Xia, Jian Chen, Xiaojun Zeng

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Existing approaches to data envelopment analysis focus mainly on the derivation of the efficiency of the individual decision-making unit (DMU) or on the calculation of the weights of multiple inputs or outputs, but pay little attention to the team interest of all the DMUs. Motivated by the idea of team reasoning, in which the benefit of the team is of higher importance than that of each individual, this paper considers all the DMUs as a team and introduces the team indexes including the overall efficiencies, variance, boundaries of all the DMUs, and relationships between DMUs. Several models are first developed to estimate values of the team indexes based on which decision makers can provide their preferences regarding them. Then, models are established to obtain the interval efficiencies of individual DMUs under the condition that the team indexes are satisfied. Several examples are given to illustrate the proposed approaches and verify their applicability.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Transactions in Operational Research
Early online date28 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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