Performance Evaluation

Foundations and Challenges

  • Harald Dyckhoff
  • Rainer Souren

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Business book series (BRIEFSBUSINESS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Harald Dyckhoff, Rainer Souren
    Pages 1-18
  3. Harald Dyckhoff, Rainer Souren
    Pages 47-82
  4. Harald Dyckhoff, Rainer Souren
    Pages 83-106

About this book


This book examines performance evaluation in the context of assessing the non-financial outcomes of human activities. The topic is particularly relevant when economic, environmental or social performance has to be evaluated, e.g. the efficiency of actions and the lifecycles of products. The authors combine multi-criteria decision-making and production theories to develop a theoretical and methodological foundation for performance evaluation. They also demonstrate the typical pitfalls that are hindering the implementation of contemporary methods in practice. Special emphasis is placed on efficiency measurement with data envelopment analysis (DEA), and on data aggregation in life cycle assessment (LCA). 


Data envelopment analysis Life cycle assessment Decision and production theory Multi-criteria decision analysis Eco-efficiency Input and output selection Generalised cost-benefit analysis Value function

Authors and affiliations

  • Harald Dyckhoff
    • 1
  • Rainer Souren
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Business and EconomicsRWTH Aachen UniversityRheineGermany
  2. 2.Group of Sustainable Production and Logistics ManagementIlmenau University of TechnologyIlmenauGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-38731-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-38732-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5482
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5490
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