COOPER-framework:a unified process for non-parametric projects


Practitioners assess performance of entities in increasingly large and complicated datasets. If non-parametric models, such as Data Envelopment Analysis, were ever considered as simple push-button technologies, this is impossible when many variables are available or when data have to be compiled from several sources. This paper introduces by the 'COOPER-framework' a comprehensive model for carrying out non-parametric projects. The framework consists of six interrelated phases: Concepts and objectives, On structuring data, Operational models, Performance comparison model, Evaluation, and Result and deployment. Each of the phases describes some necessary steps a researcher should examine for a well defined and repeatable analysis. The COOPER-framework provides for the novice analyst guidance, structure and advice for a sound non-parametric analysis. The more experienced analyst benefits from a check list such that important issues are not forgotten. In addition, by the use of a standardized framework non-parametric assessments will be more reliable, more repeatable, more manageable, faster and less costly. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in European journal of operational research. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Emrouznejad, A & de Witte, K, 'COOPER-framework: a unified process for non-parametric projects' European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 207, no. 3 (2010) DOI
Uncontrolled Keywords: COOPER-framework,DEA,non-parametric efficiency analysis,unified process,Management Science and Operations Research,Modelling and Simulation,Information Systems and Management
Publication ISSN: 1872-6860
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2024 08:07
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 10:06
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Published Date: 2010-12-16
Authors: Emrouznejad, Ali (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8094-4244)
de Witte, Kristof



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