Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis

Operations & Information Management Group

Emmanuel Thanassoulis

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

  • 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
  • Member, Operational Research Society.

  • Member of the Experts Panel advising the Fire Research Statistics Division of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

  • Member of the Advisory Panel to OFWAT on Future Regulation.

Sample recent refereed publications

Thanassoulis E, M Portela and Graveney M.  (forthcoming) 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

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

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

Recent Presentations

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

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