A novel common set of weights method for multi-period efficiency measurement using mean-variance criteria
Data envelopment analysis (DEA) is a popular method for evaluating a set of homogeneous decision-making units (DMUs). One of the main shortcomings of DEA is the weights flexibility where each unit can take its desirable weights. Several methods have been developed for finding a common set of weights (CSWs) and overcoming this drawback. The CSWs methods are used to evaluate the relative efficiency of the DMUs in a single time-period. However, single period DEA models cannot handle organizational units performing in a continuum of time. We propose a novel method for determining the CSWs in a multi-period DEA. Initially, the CSWs problem is formulated as a multi-objective fractional programming problem. Subsequently, a multi-period form of the problem is formulated and the mean efficiency of the DMUs is maximized while their efficiency variances is minimized. A fuzzy set-based approach is used to solve the multi-period CSWs problem. We present a real-world case study to demonstrate applicability and exhibit the efficacy of the proposed method. The results indicate a significant improvement in the discrimination power of the proposed multi-period method.
Hajiagha, Seyed Hossein Razavi; Mahdiraji, Hannan Amoozad; Tavana, Madjid; and Hashemi, Shide Sadat, "A novel common set of weights method for multi-period efficiency measurement using mean-variance criteria" (2018). Business Systems and Analytics Faculty Work. 74.