Academic departments efficiency via DEA

Zilla Sinuany-Stern, Abraham Mehrez, Arieh Barboy

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This paper presents a case study where academic departments at Ben-Gurion University were evaluated via the Data Envelopment Analysis using the CCR model. Extensive post analyses were performed in several directions. First various sets of data were used to identify efficient and inefficient departments. New efficiency measures are suggested in relation to the reference set included in the analyses of academic departments. We measured the efficiency of departments to other departments within the same school. We applied cluster analyses to divide the departments into several sets; and the discriminant analysis to test the match of the efficiency/inefficiency division of the CCR ratio. We further tested organizational changes where an inefficient department was closed and joins other departments. Finally we compared the CCR model to the pure economic approach-the cost per student ratio.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-556
Number of pages14
JournalComputers and Operations Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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