EWG EPA, EURO working group on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis

EWG EPA, EURO working group on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis
NameEWG EPA, EURO working group on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis
BoardMeryem Duygun Fethi (Coordinator)
Fotis Pasiouras (Coordinator)
Barbara Casu
Laurens Cherchye
Claudia Cirardone
Chrysovalantis Gaganis
Tarja Joro
Maria Portela
Mohamed Shaban
Coordinator Vania Sena
University of Essex
Essex Business School
Head of the Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group and Director of the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre

United Kingdom
Coordinator Mohamed Shaban
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield University Management School
Reader in Finance

United Kingdom
Purpose and historyIn July 1996, at the IFORS conference in Vancouver, the idea of a DEA (Data Envelopment Analysis) Euro Working Group emerged, from the realisation that a number of researchers working in the field could benefit from a forum where they could discuss their ideas and foster collaborative work.

The EURO Working Group on DEA and Performance Measurement has been established in 1997, after an application to the EURO Executive Committee. Many of the active members were participants of the EURO Summer Institute on DEA in Warwick in 1998.

The activities have emphasised the integration of young researchers, especially graduate students to the field. The main activity has been organising special workshops for young researchers in co-operation with established conferences, i.e. European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis and North American Productivity Workshop.

In 2003 the working group decided to change its name to be more comprehensive in the sense that researchers using other methodologies (i.e. SFA) in the field of efficiency and productivity analysis are also included in the Group. Thus, the EURO Working Group on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (EURO WG EPA) is the new name of the working group.

The main objectives of the working group are to:
  • Foster collaborative research between members from different institutions, countries, and professional backgrounds.
  • Coordinate specialist publications of issues in the area.
  • Organise specialist conferences and workshops, and high-quality conference streams in the area of efficiency and productivity analysis.
  • Integrate Ph.D. students into the research community.

For more information on the DEA methodology, please visit http://www.deazone.com/
MembersThe group has approximately 350 members.
Past activitiesRecent Activities:
On July 2-4, 2010, the EURO Working Group on Efficiency & Productivity Analysis organised an International Conference on "Global Trends in the Efficiency and Risk Management of Financial Services" in Chania, Crete in collaboration with the Financial Engineering Laboratory (FEL), Technical University of Crete, Efficiency and Productivity Research Unit (EPRU) of the University of Leicester School of Management, and the UK Efficiency and Productivity Analysis Network (UKEPAN.

This had been a highly successful event and attracted 70 participants from around 20 countries, with publishing opportunities in European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Financial Stability, and Journal of Productivity Analysis.

Please refer to the website to find out more on this event: http://www.dpem.tuc.gr/fel/epa2010/

The support we had from EURO last year was used towards the Young Researchers' Session in this meeting.

Past Activities:
The first working group meeting and seminar day was held in conjunction with the 6th European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (EWEPA)(Copenhagen, Denmark) in 1999. The 2000 and 2002 meeting and the pre/post conference workshop took place within the North American Productivity Workshop (NAPW)(Schnectady, NY, USA). The Workshop organisers provided funding for European graduate students to participate in the workshop. This funding was co-ordinated by the working group. In 2001 a group meeting was held within the 7th EWEPA (Oviedo, Spain). Conference organisers arranged a post conference workshop for young researchers.

In 2003, the working group organised a DEA tutorial at the EURO/INFORMS 2002 Conference in Istanbul. The tutorial was given by Prof. Emmanuel Thanassoulis. The Working group meeting took place within the 8th European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (Oviedo, Spain). A one-day pre-conference workshop was organised for young researchers and special funding was provided for graduate students.

Between 2003-2010, EURO WG EPA actively participated to the EWEPA and NAPW meetings and organised group meetings and Young Researchers' Sessions.

Activities in 2011:

a) XII EWEPA Workshop in Verona (Italy), June 22-24, 2011

b) Specal PhD Sessions on Banking Efficiency at IFABS, July 1, 2011,Rome, Italy

b) EURO WG EPA Meeting in Leicester (UK), November, 2011

Activities in 2012:

a) PhD sessions on Banking Efficiency in IFABS 2012 Valencia Conference, 18-20 June, 2012

b) Young researchers sessions at the APPC 2012 Meeting, Bangkok,July 24, 2012
Tomasz Gerard Czekaj received the Best Paper Award written by a PhD student. Many congratulations to Tomasz from EURO WG EPA members.

Activities in 2013:
1. Young Researchers/PhD sessions at EWEPAā€¯13 Conference, 17-20 June, 2013, Helsinki, Finland

2. Young Researchers/PhD sessions on Bank Efficiency, 26-28 June, 2013, Nottingham, United Kingdom (in collaboration with University of Cambridge and University of Warwick)

Activities in 2014:

1. International Workshop on Bank Efficiency and Financial Stability
1-13 February, 2014
University of Leicester

2. Seminar on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis
January 23, 2014
University Leicester
in collaboration with University of Connecticut, US

3. Special PhD Session on Banking at IFABS 2014 Conference in collab. with ISCTE, University of Leicester, Cass Business School, and University of Molise.
June 18 - June 20, 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

Future activitiesThe EURO Working Group on Efficiency & Productivity Analysis will continue to organise pre- or post-conference workshops in conjunction with productivity workshops, NAPW and EWEPA which are held in North America and Europe respectively.

Activities in 2015:

1. PhD sessions at the 14th European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, 15-18 June 2015, Grand Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland

2. PhD Sessions on Banking at IFABS 2015 China Conference in collaboration with Zheijang University, University of Hull, and University of Zurich, 27-29 June, 2015, Hangzhou, China

3. DEA Sessions at the EURO XXVII Meeting, 12-15 July 2015, Glasgow

PublicationsSpecial issue in Journal of Productivity Analysis (DOI) 10.1007/s11123-012-0322-y
edited by Meryem Duygun Fethi, Fotios Pasiouras and Constantin Zopounidis
Last modification2016-12-06

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