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Performance Evaluation

Foundations and Challenges


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
  5. Harald Dyckhoff, Rainer Souren
    Pages C1-C1

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

  1. 1.School of Business and EconomicsRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Group of Sustainable Production and Logistics ManagementIlmenau University of TechnologyIlmenauGermany

About the authors

Harald Dyckhoff led the chair of business theory, sustainable production and industrial control at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, from 1988 to 2016. His current research areas are production and decision theory, sustainable value creation and performance measurement. He has published several books and papers on different topics of cutting and packing, production theory, data envelopment analysis and fuzzy set theory. 

Rainer Souren has lead the group of sustainable production and logistics management at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, since 2006. His current research areas are production theory, sustainable closed loop management as well as waste management and controlling. He has published books and papers on different topics of production theory, closed loop management, waste management and sharing economy.

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