Data Envelopment Analysis is a nonparametric method for estimating and measuring productive efficiency, originally developed in response to a practical need to compare and evaluate the performance of different organizations engaged in similar activities but under different contextual circumstances. This close link between new theoretical models and innovative applications has continued to characterize research in DEA over the past 35 years.
The International Data Envelopment Analysis Society was officially incorporated in Pennsylvania, USA on April 1, 2014, but its activities began a decade earlier. It is a non-profit organization created to encourage and stimulate interest in the development and application of the DEA methodology for the benefit of researchers, users of DEA, and the public. This purpose is served through pursuit of the following goals, as stated in the Articles of Incorporation:
1. Promote and provide education in the art and science of DEA, including organization of classes and course materials and dissemination of grants and scholarships.
2. Facilitate, coordinate and advise on the development or implementation of DEA-based systems for performance evaluation and policy analysis.
3. Sponsor conventions, symposiums and other events of interest.
4. Provide research opportunities through the collection of empirical data and conceptual papers and by bringing together DEA researchers and practitioners.
5. Promote, sponsor and manage websites, journals and newsletters to disseminate information about the DEA methodology.
6. Collaborate with individuals, corporations, universities, public agencies and other institutions to stimulate interest in the DEA methodology.
7. Sponsor and support general, special interest and education chapters of the Corporation worldwide.
The Society has held 14 annual conferences beginning in 1998, well before its official incorporation. Conferences have taken place in Prague, Czech Republic (June 2017), in Wuhan, China (May 2016), in Braunschweig, Germany (August 2015), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (April 2014), in Samsun, Turkey (August 2013), in Natal, Brazil (August 2012), in Thessaloniki, Greece (August 2011), in Beirut, Lebanon (June 2010), in Philadelphia, USA (July 2009), in London, UK (July 2008), in Hyderabad, India (January 2007), in Birmingham, UK (September 2004), in Moscow, Russia (July 2002), in Brisbane, Australia (September 2000), and in Germany (July 1998). The number of participants at this annual conference have typically been around 200, but have varied over the years.
The International Data Envelopment Analysis Society also sponsors The Data Envelopment Analysis Journal, the official journal of iDEAs. The mission of our journal is to publish the best and most insightful papers on the theory and practice of DEA. This mission includes nurturing and promoting both theoretical and problem-driven research at the core of DEA. Many of our senior and associate editors, referees, and authors are also active members of the iDEAs, all of whom share the same objective to advance and disseminate research in DEA. The DEAJ publishes both theoretical and applied research advancing the use of DEA as a methodology for managing and improving organizational performance. The journal provides a channel for communication of new ideas and new insights about the design and use of DEA models. The journal has a broad scope spanning all areas of analytical and empirical research related to the theory and practice of DEA. Articles draw on methods from management science, operations research, economics, statistics, econometrics and other related disciplines. Some articles focus on new or improved DEA models and computational techniques to analyze such models more efficiently, while other articles develop applications of DEA models in novel ways, especially in actual implementation of DEA in organizations. Articles on DEA applications draw on related theories from social and organizational sciences and various functional disciplines in business and management.
The journal is already indexed in Cabell’s International, Google Scholar, EconLit/JEL, Electronic Journals Library, RePEc/IDEAS, Ulrich’s and will apply to other indexes in due course, when we have a sufficient number of years behind us.