Network DEA II

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 208)


The original DEA model by Charnes et al. (Eur. J. Oper. Res. 2:429–444, 1978) is set to analyze production as a black box, i.e., there is no information about the processes inside. Network DEA was proposed for analysis of the contents of the black box. This theory allows the researcher to model processes within the black box by formulating sub-technology DEA models. The interaction of sub-technology DEA models preserves the DEA structure, and the network model can therefore be solved using linear programming. This chapter discusses network DEA models, both static and dynamic. The discussion also explores various useful objective functions that can be applied to the models to find the optimal allocation of resources for processes within the black box that are normally invisible to DEA.


Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) Network Intermediate products Dynamic production 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf Färe
    • 1
  • Shawna Grosskopf
    • 2
    • 3
  • Gerald Whittaker
    • 4
  1. 1.Economics Unit and Department of Applied EconomicsOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  3. 3.CEREUmeaSweden
  4. 4.National Forage Seed Production Research Center, Agricultural Research ServiceUSDACorvallisUSA

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