Comparison of Data Envelopment Analysis and Multiple Objective Linear Programming

Structural Similarities Between DEA and MOLP
  • Tarja Joro
  • Pekka J. Korhonen
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 218)


Charnes and Cooper have played significant role in the development of both areas: they have been the initiators of DEA in the late 1970s, but they have also had a significant impact on the development of multiple objective linear programming (MOLP) through the development of goal programming (Charnes and Cooper 1961). Although the methods have shared origins, researchers in these two camps have generally not paid much attention to research performed in the other camps. Neither has Charnes nor Cooper attempted to tie the two fields together. This is unfortunate, since—despite differences in terminology—DEA and MOLP address similar problems and the corresponding models are structurally very close to each other.


Efficiency Score Data Envelopment Analysis Model Efficient Frontier MCDM Method Technical Efficiency Score 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tarja Joro
    • 1
  • Pekka J. Korhonen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Accounting, Operations and Information Systems Alberta School of BusinessUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Information and Service Economy School of BusinessAalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland

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