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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|4221||2011||11 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Omega, Volume 39, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 99–109
There are two key motivations for this paper: (1) the need to respond to the often observed rejections of efficiency studies’ results by management as they claim that a single-perspective evaluation cannot fully reflect the operating units’ multi-function nature; and (2) a detailed bank branch performance assessment that is acceptable to both line managers and senior executives is still needed. In this context, a two-stage Data Envelopment Analysis approach is developed for simultaneously benchmarking the performance of operating units along different dimensions (for line managers) and a modified Slacks-Based Measure model is applied for the first time to aggregate the obtained efficiency scores from stage one and generate a composite performance index for each unit. This approach is illustrated by using the data from a major Canadian bank with 816 branches operating across the nation. Three important branch performance dimensions are evaluated: Production, Profitability, and Intermediation. This approach improves the reality of the performance assessment method and enables branch managers to clearly identify the strengths and weaknesses in their operations. Branch scale efficiency and the impacts of geographic location and market size on branch performance are also investigated. This multi-dimensional performance evaluation approach may improve management acceptance of the practical applications of DEA in real businesses.
Banking is one of the most complex industries in the world—and a major contributor to a country's wealth (in the UK 25% of the GDP is produced by its financial services sector). Today's banks offer a wide range of products and services ranging from simple checking accounts to retirement plans, mutual funds, home mortgages, consumer loans, and many others. The conduit through which banks handle these transactions is the branch network that serves as the main contact with and existing as well as potential clients. Notwithstanding the rapid rise in the use of the Internet in banking and numerous other available transaction channels, it is through a branch that customers do a large percentage of their more value added banking activities, including mortgages, loans, investment accounts, securities brokerage, to name just a few. A recent Canadian study found that 61% of bank customers still visited their bank branches in person and on average made four trips per month . However, branches are one of the largest operational expenses for a bank. With increasing foreign and alternative channel entrants in the Canadian banking industry, there is a significant need for improving branch performance in order to remain competitive. Bank branch performance measurement is a very difficult task. Branches come in a variety of sizes, offering different services to different customers while operating in different economic regions. Such performance evaluation, both within a country and globally, remains an important area for research and is a subject of continual investigations. There are numerous techniques used to measure bank branch operational efficiency, such as ratios , indices  and , and regression analyses ,  and . While effective in many circumstances (used to measure just about every aspect or to compare similar branches), traditional techniques have a number of inherent limitations making them unsuitable for fully reflecting the increasingly complex nature of branch banking. For example, traditional financial ratio analysis does not allow for objectively combining independent evaluations into a single performance score and it is difficult to use for comparative purposes. A branch might have strong results for some ratios but show poorly in others making it difficult to judge whether the branch is, on average or on some other basis, efficient or not. Simply aggregating these results together can give a misleading indicator of performance or worse, hide under-performing business components within the overall numbers. Although, some more complex ratios can take the form of index numbers, determining the weights to be used (as they are often not known) and discovering under-performing activities due to aggregated numbers are just two of the difficulties using indices. Another way to measure efficiency is regression analysis (RA), a parametric method that requires a general production model to be specified. Moreover, RA is a central tendency method and is only suitable to model single input-multiple outputs or multiple inputs-single output systems. In recent years, academic research on the performance of financial institutions has increasingly focused on the efficient production frontier based models which estimate how well a firm performs relative to the best firms if they are doing business under the same operating conditions. The main advantage of such a method over other approaches is that it removes the effects of differences in prices and other exogenous market factors and produces an objectively determined quantitative measure . Berger and Humphrey  concluded that the frontier approach could offer an objective numerical efficiency score and a ranking of firms together with the economic optimization mechanism in complex operational environments. Two competing frontier efficiency approaches are: the Stochastic Frontier Approach (SFA) and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). The primary differences between these are the assumptions imposed on the specifications of the efficient frontier, the existence of random error, and the distribution of the inefficiencies and random error . SFA is a regression-based approach and basically, assumes a particular functional form (e.g. Cobb–Douglas) for the production or cost function . A review of the SFA applications in the banking industry can be found in Kumbhakar and Lovell (2000) . SFA can deal with the presence of noise in the data and allow statistical inference but with the risks of imposing improper functional forms or distribution assumptions , , ,  and . Ruggiero in 2007  showed that the SFA model did not produce better results than DEA. Another drawback of SFA is that until recently it only allowed a single output, or multiple outputs with using a cost function if price data are available . As one of non-parametric frontier approaches, DEA is recognized as an excellent and robust efficiency analysis tool with a broad range of applications. DEA was introduced by Charnes et al.,  based on the work of Farrell . This watershed paper  described a mathematical programming approach assuming constant returns to scale (named after the authors as CCR) for the construction of a practically efficient frontier, which was formed as the piecewise linear combination that connects the set of the best practice observations. A DEA efficient frontier is not determined by some specific functional form, but by the actual data from the evaluated production units referred to as Decision Making Units (DMUs)—a rather fortuitous choice of a name as DEA is about measuring performance that is based on human decisions. Therefore, the DEA efficiency score for a specific DMU is not defined by an absolute standard, but is measured with respect to the empirically constructed efficient frontier defined by the best performing DMUs. The capability of dealing with multi-input/multi-output settings without requiring explicit specifications of the relationships between the inputs and outputs provides DEA an edge over other analytical tools. Since 1978, DEA has been applied to problems in many areas, both for profit and not-for-profit industries, and numerous theoretical additions have been made. The most notable one is the BCC model proposed by Banker et al., 1984 , which permits variable returns to scale (VRS) and measures an operating unit's pure technical efficiency. Other theoretical and applied extensions include the additive model and Slacks-Based Measure model to consider both input- and output- orientations simultaneously; models with weight restrictions; models that incorporate exogenous factors which are treated as categorical or non-discretionary variables; window analyses and Malmquist indices to examine the efficiency changes over time and many others. Färe and Grosskopf  and Tone and Tsutsui  proposed the concept of the dynamic DEA model to incorporate carry-over activities between consecutive time periods into the model. For a comprehensive treatment of DEA refer to the textbook by Cooper et al. . Aside from any theoretical developments in the DEA literature, this research is designed to address the serious problem of management's rejection of suggested improvements from DEA studies because they find the process not only difficult to understand, but more importantly, psychologically unacceptable as they see the process as unfair and inequitable because, as they see it, it does not consider their “unique” environment. To make matters worse, many studies actually rank the branches from 1 to whatever the size of the branch network according to a single-aspect measure  and . This paper is aimed to establish a new DEA approach to explore bank branch performance in different dimensions and identify the best-practice branches in all aspects simultaneously. The remainder of this paper is organized as follows: Section 2 briefly reviews the literature on DEA used in bank efficiency analysis; Section 3 discusses the motivation for applying multi-dimensional DMU performance evaluation; Section 4 focuses on the methodology and data used for this study; Section 5 reports on the main results of the empirical tests; and the main conclusions are revealed in Section 6.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This paper presents a two-stage DEA analysis approach applied in a Canadian bank's national branch network to assess, in detail, the main source of branch inefficiency and meet the needs of Bank management at all levels. In the first stage 816 branches across three different market sizes and five different geographical regions are analyzed using both BCC and CCR input-oriented models from three dimensions—production (staffing), profitability, and intermediation (Lending). Comparing with previous branch studies, this three-dimensional efficiency analysis shows a significantly more comprehensive evaluation of bank branch performance that is also likely to be better accepted by branch level management. Results show that poor performance in one aspect does not predict similar poor results in the other two aspects. This suggests the possibility that branch managers could, and would, choose to focus on specific areas of performance likely due to their particular operating environments. But a significant effect is the willingness to accept the results as the managers are able to take some credit where they do well while acknowledge where they need improvements. Strong correlation between the results of the Profitability model and the Bank's current internal measures confirms the reliability of these DEA models from the bank's point of view. When the branches are split out by market size and geographic region, significant differences in performance are noted, and these correlate well with the actual economic climate in such regions. Scale efficiency analysis indicates that the majority of the branches operate at constant returns to scale and the scale inefficiency increases with branch size. DRS branches are found in all branch groups, implying that the branch size is not the only influential factor affecting the branch's scale efficiency, rationalization of the input combination is also needed for branches to reach their most productive scale sizes. Moreover, the relationship between the branches’ pure technical efficiency and asset size is non-linear. Small and Medium branches are more efficient in the Production and Profitability dimensions, X-Large branches exhibit the best in terms of Intermediation efficiency, while, the Large branch group is found exhibiting relatively lower levels of efficiency in all three dimensions. These results suggest that the efficiency gains from a strategy of mergers and acquisitions founded on potential cost cutting benefits may be offset by the increased operating complexity. The second stage in the study is accomplished by using a modified output-oriented SBM model that incorporates the efficiency scores of the three first-stage models as outputs with unity as input. This combined model produces the overall ranking for bank branches and it is a senior management oriented model first introduced here. The application of such comprehensive technique also aids in marketing the DEA approach inside the banking industry. This is a valuable opportunity to evaluate several different performance aspects of a significant number of branches from both a regional and a national perspective. Given the comprehensive database for a large set of branches that is made available from the Bank, there is still an excellent opportunity for further investigations in future.