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Application of data envelopment analysis models in supply chain management: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Somayeh Soheilirad, Kannan Govindan (), Abbas Mardani, Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas, Mehrbakhsh Nilashi and Norhayati Zakuan
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Somayeh Soheilirad: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Kannan Govindan: University of Southern Denmark
Abbas Mardani: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Mehrbakhsh Nilashi: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Norhayati Zakuan: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

Annals of Operations Research, 2018, vol. 271, issue 2, No 25, 915-969

Abstract: Abstract Supply chain management aims to designing, managing and coordinating material/product, information and financial flows to fulfill the customer requirements at low costs and thereby increasing supply chain profitability. In the last decades, data envelopment analysis has become the main topic of interest as a mathematical tool to evaluate supply chain management. While, various data envelopment analysis models have been suggested to measure and evaluate the supply chain management, there is a lack of research regarding to systematic literature review and classification of study in this field. Regarding this, some major databases including Web of Science and Scopus have been nominated and systematic and meta-analysis method which called “PRISMA” has been proposed. Accordingly, a review of 75 published articles appearing in 35 scholarly international journals and conferences between 1996 and 2016 have been attained to reach a comprehensive review of data envelopment analysis models in evaluation supply chain management. Consequently, the selected published articles have been categorized by author name, the year of publication, technique, application area, country, scope, data envelopment analysis purpose, study purpose, research gap and contribution, results and outcome, and journals and conferences in which they appeared. The results of this study indicated that areas of supplier selection, supply chain efficiency and sustainable supply chain have had the highest frequently than other areas. In addition, results of this review paper indicated that data envelopment analysis showed great promise to be a good evaluative tool for future evaluation on supply chain management, where the production function between the inputs and outputs was virtually absent or extremely difficult to acquire. The facility of multiple inputs and multiple outputs of the data envelopment analysis model was definitely an attractive one to most researchers and, therefore, the data envelopment analysis procedure had found many applications beyond supply chain management into organization and industry.

Keywords: Data envelopment analysis (DEA); Green supply chain; PRISMA; Sustainable supply chain; Supply chain performance; Supplier selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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