Dr Ozren Despic


Operations & Information Management Group

Dr Ozren Despic

Position: Lecturer in 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)



  • Data Analysis and Modelling for Management

  • Operational Research 1

  • Quantitative Techniques


  • Operational Research Methods

  • Data Envelopment Analysis

  • The Application of Comparative Performance Measurement

  • Principles and Techniques of Mathematical Modelling in Management

  • Data Envelopment Analysis and Performance Measurement
  • Multi-criteria and Soft Decision Analysis
  • Machine Learning and Optimisation
  • 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


Peer Reviewed Papers

  • Dey, P., Hariharan, S., Despic, O. (2008) Managing healthcare performance in analytical framework.  Benchmarking: an international journal, 15(4): 444-468

  • Despic, O., Despic, M. and Paradi, J.C. (2007) DEA-R: ratio-based comparative efficiency model, its mathematical relation to DEA and its use in applications.  Journal of Productivity Analysis, 28: 33-44

  • Despic, O. and Simonovic, S. (2000) Aggregation Operators for Soft Decision Making in Water Resources, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, 115: 11-33

Book Chapters

  • Thanassoulis, E., Portela Maria, C.S. and Despic, O. (2008) DEA - The Mathematical Programming Approach to Efficiency Analysis, Chapter 3 in Hal Fried, Knox Lovelle and Shelton Schmidt (eds) "The Measurement of Productive Efficiency and Productivity Growth", Oxford University Press.

Conference Papers

  • Despic, O. Geometric DEA Models and their Properties, Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Data Envelopment Analysis and its Applications, Lima, Peru, 14-16 September 2011.

  • Despic, O. and Paradi, J.C. Linguistic Analysis of Efficiency: Fuzzy Rules Representation of the DEA-Based Efficiency Regions, Conference Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on DEA, Hyderabad, India, 5-7 January 2007.

  • Despic, O. and Dey, O. Using Envelopment Analysis to Create a Flexible Multiplicative AHP Model (FM-AHP), Conference Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM 2006), Chania, Greece, June 2006.

Technical Reports

  • Despic, O. and Dey, P. Flexible Multiplicative Analytical Hierarchy Model, Aston Business School - working paper RP0616, May 2006.

  • Despic, O. Some Alternative DEA Models and their use in MCDM, Aston Business School - working paper RP0526, November 2005.

  • Despic, O.  DEA-R Relative Efficiency Model: Some Theoretical and Practical Considerations, Aston Business School - working paper RP0435, December 2004.

  • Despic, O. and Simonovic, S. Methods in Evaluating Qualitative Criteria in Water Resources Multi-Criteria Decision Making, Water Resources Research Report no.037, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, May 1997.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research