Dr Ozren Despic


Operations & Information Management Group

Dr Ozren Despic

Ozren Despic is Lecturer in Management Science at Aston Business School. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada. His research interest is in the area of mathematical modelling and decision making. In particular, his focus is on developing and constructing geometric DEA based mathematicl models for their use in performance measurement and managerial decision making. He is also actively helping various SMEs in optimasing their operational and marketing activities. Ozren has a great amount of international experience, having lived, studied and worked in many different countries over the past 20 years. He is a devoted teacher and he brings his consulting work directly to the classroom.

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)



  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • Data Analysis and Modelling for Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Operational Research Techniques
  • Operational Research Methods
  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Decision Analysis
  • Principles and Techniques of Mathematical Modelling in Management

  • Data Envelopment Analysis and Performance Measurement
  • Multi-criteria and Soft Decision Analysis
  • Machine Learning and Optimisation
  • Georgios Kourogiorgas, PhD (full-time), Firm-Customer Relationship Efficiency
  • Hazza Al Neaimi, DBA (part-time), Measuring the Efficiency and Productivity of SMART Government
  • 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

  • Despic, O. (2013) Some properties of Geometric DEA Models. Croatian Operational Research Review 4(1): 2-18.
  • 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

  • Despic O. (2012) Geometric DEA Models and their Properties, Chapter 2 in "Data Envelopment Analysis and Its Applications to Management", (Vincent Charles and Mukesh Kumar, editors) Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • 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. 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.

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