Accession Number : ADA139430

Title :   Data Envelopment Analysis and Extensions for Decision Support and Management Planning.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Clark,C T

PDF Url : ADA139430

Report Date : May 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 214

Abstract : The public expects military efficiency from the combat forces it supports with tax dollars. The United States Air Force needs integrative measures of efficiency and needs decision support systems which aid in detecting inefficiencies, diagnosing problems, and choosing among alternative courses of action to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of combat units. The Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) technique developed by Charnes, Cooper and Rhodes provided the basic theoretical starting point for this dissertation. It anables the unified analysis of multiple technical, economic and effectiveness measures in contrast to past reliance by Air Force Management on 'partial' measures of productivity, cost effectiveness, etc. Theory was extended by this study to provide analytical capabilities suitable for use by the Air Force in the analysis and interpretation of efficiency and in the preparation of management plans. This dissertation provided a basic theoretical framework for future development of decision support prototypes suitable for use by the Air Force in managing military effectiveness and efficiency.

Descriptors :   *Air Force, *Decision making, *Management planning and control, *Military applications, Military organizations, Operational effectiveness, Efficiency, Productivity, Optimization, Logistics management, Resource management, Preparation, Models, Operations research, Management, Theses

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE