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New data envelopment analysis models for assessing sustainability Part 2: A static data envelopment analysis approach

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posted on 2022-02-14, 11:57 authored by Reza Farzipoor Saen, Malin Song, Ron Fisher
Sustainability implies business resilience over time through robust economic, social and environmental systems. Sustainable business practices lead to the creation of economic value, healthy ecosystems and strong communities. Sustainable business practices are fostered through engagement with stakeholders, effective environmental management systems and good governance, all underpinned by effective measurement and evaluation (Shabanpour, Yousefi, & Farzipoor Saen, 2017). Data envelopment analysis (DEA) is a technique, which helps decision makers to assess the efficiency of decision making units (DMUs) (Ahmady, Azadi, Sadeghi, & Farzipoor Saen, 2013; Charnes, Cooper, & Rhodes, 1978). Recently, new DEA models have been developed to assess sustainability issues. However, DEA research into sustainability is sparse and there is a need for greater focus on this important topic. In this special issue, ground‐breaking research into new DEA models to assess sustainability of DMUs is presented. Such research will assist decision makers to manage organizations with a focus on sustainability. The special issue also provides an opportunity for practitioners to develop and increase understanding of DEA models in sustainability evaluation. For maximum utility, authors should not only develop new DEA models but also show efficacy of real‐world applications. The responses to the call for new DEA models and applications are presented in the following five accepted articles published in Part 2 of this special edition. In the next section, we summarize the main contributions of these articles.


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Saen R.F., Song M. and Fisher R. (2020) 'New data envelopment analysis models for assessing sustainability Part 1: A dynamic data envelopment analysis approach', Expert Systems, e12549. DOI: 10.1111/exsy.12549

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