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Institute of Business and Management

National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Course ID

IBM 6028

Course Name

Performance Assessment

Credit hours



Jin-Li Hu




Coelli, T., D.S.P. Rao, C.J. O'Donnell and G.E. Battese (2005), An Introduction to Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, 2nd ed., New York: Spinger.

Objective of the Course

This course provides an introduction to productivity and efficiency. Free software practice and applications to analyze real industrial data will be emphasized. A reading list of articles will be supplemented in class.

Course outlines

1.       Introduction

2.       Review of Production Economics

3.       Index Number and Productivity Measurement

4.       Efficiency Measurement Using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)

5.       Efficiency Measurement Using Stochastic Frontiers

6.       Free Software Practice: Deap 2.1, Frontier 4.1, EMS 1.3

8.       Slack-based Methods (SBM): 4-stage and 3-stage Models by Fried et al. (1999, 2002)

9.       Superefficiency, Metafrontier Models, Context-Dependent Models

10.       Topic: Productivity of Asian Economies

11.       Topic: Manufacturing Industry

12.       Topic: Biotech industry

13.   Topic: Financial Markets

14.   Topic: Ownership and Productivity

15.   Topic: Non-profit Organizations and the Government

16.   Topic: Strategy, Organization, Technology and Performance

17.   Topic: International Business Studies

18.   Topic: Productivity and Environmental Protection

Useful Links

  1. Tim Coelli’s TFPIP, DEAP, and FRONTIER:
  2. Center for Efficiency and Productivity at Queensland University,
  3. EMS Efficiency and Productivity Software,
  4. Journal of Productivity Analysis,
  5. European Journal of Operational Research,
  6. Management Science,
  7. Journal of the Operational Research Society,
  8. International Journal of Production Economics,
  9. Journal of Environmental Management,

Course requirements

Class ttendance and in-class discussion (30%), midterm proposal (20%), oral presentation (20%), and term paper (30%)