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Business Analytics

Business Analytics



The use of analytical methods for better decision making

The Business Analytics Team teaches and researches in the field of quantitative analysis for better decision making.  One of the key areas for which the team has a world-wide reputation is that of efficiency through Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA).  The team is also well known for its work in data mining, big data and forecasting.

The Business Analytics Team teaches subjects which prepare students for the demand in the workplace for anaytics in such areas as manufacturing, retailing, regulation of utilities, managing the efficient delivery of health, education and other services.

Members of Business Analytics Team

Members of the Business Analytics Team have made important contributons to methodologies in business analytics.  Several have served and continue to serve in Editorial capacities in some of the most prestigious journals in their field, including the European Journal of Operational Research and the Journal of the Operational Research Society.  They run the annual conference of the International Society of Data Envelopment Anaysis.  Their applied work has included collaboration with OFWAT (regulator of water companies), HEFCE (funding higher education in England), The Department for Communities and Local Goverment and Consultancy Companies. 

Group members are involved in research as follows:

Dr Leonidas Anastasakis

Time series analysis, predictive analytics techniques in business processes and forecasting technique

Dr Ozren Despic

Efficiency and productivity measurement, multiple criteria decision making and applied problems in decision analysis    

Dr Dimitris Giraleas

Econometric and DEA methods of performance measurement, productivity growth and economics of regulation

Professor Ali Emrouznejad (Team Leader)

Performance measurement, efficiency and productivity analysis as well as data mining and big data

Dr Gary Simpson

Performance measurement, statistical methods; especially applied to educational performance and the Gamification of education

Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis

Comparative-efficiency assessment methods, performance management and benchmarking

The main research of Business Analytics Team 

  • Performance Measurement using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)
  • Statistical Econometric Analysis, including Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA)
  • Multi Criteria Decision Modelling such as Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP)
  • Machine Learning and Predictive Modelling
  • Data Mining and Big Data 

Doctoral Research Students (PhD and DBA):

Current doctoral research students in Business Analytics including:
  • Ms Elena Papagiannaki (PhD)
    Topic: Measuring the contribution of the time spent in different kinds of unpaid labour, based on data from the UK economy
  • Mr Hazza alnaeemee (DBA)
    Topic: Evaluation of smart-Government in the public sector in Dubai
  • Mr Indra Widiarto (PhD)
    Topic: 
    Social and financial efficiency of NGO-based Islamic microfinance institutions
  • Ms Komal Safdar (PhD)
    Topic: Better queue management using Data Envelopment Analysis: An application in a large public hospital of a developing country
  • Mr Noureddine Boustani (DBA)
    Topic: 
    Use of big data and machine learning to identify the next best product for a given customer
  • Ms Marianna Marra (PhD) 
    Topic: Indirect ties in knowledge networks: A social network analysis with ordered weighted averaging operators

We welcome enquiries from prospective students. To make an informal enquiry about conducting research please email:  BA_OIM@aston.ac.uk

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