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Appears in Collections:Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Measuring efficiency and productivity in professional football teams: Evidence from the English Premier League
Author(s): Guzman, Isidoro
Morrow, Stephen
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Keywords: Football
Football teams England Management
Soccer England Management
Soccer Economic aspects England
Issue Date: Sep-2007
Date Deposited: 4-Feb-2009
Citation: Guzman I & Morrow S (2007) Measuring efficiency and productivity in professional football teams: Evidence from the English Premier League. Central European Journal of Operations Research, 15 (4), pp. 309-328.
Abstract: Professional football clubs are unusual businesses, their performance judged on and off the field of play. This study is concerned with measuring the efficiency of clubs in the English Premier League. Information from clubs’ financial statements is used as a measure of corporate performance. To measure changes in efficiency and productivity the Malmquist non-parametric technique has been used. This is derived from the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) linear programming approach, with Canonical Correlation Analysis (CCA) being used to ensure the cohesion of the input-output variables. The study concludes that while clubs operate close to efficient levels for the assessed models, there is limited technological advance in their performance in terms of the displacement of the technological frontier.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10100-007-0034-y
Rights: Published by Springer-Verlag The original publication is available at

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