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Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
October 30, 2016             Vol. 17, No. 22


In this issue

1) What are the characteristics of decisions?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers


1) What are the characteristics of decisions?

by Daniel J. Power and Ciara Heavin

Managers make many decisions and the characteristics of each decision determine if analytics and decision support are appropriate and if so what support is most useful. Decisions are made as part of processes and decisions result in outcomes. A decision may involve assessing and evaluating alternatives using data sets, variables and algorithms. The quality of a decision is often impacted by the type of process or path that is pursued in making and implementing a decision. Organizational decision environments are typically characterized by a rational decision making approach. Rationality is "the quality of being consistent with or based on logic." Some definitions also assert rationality is “the state of having good sense and sound judgment.” So rational thinkers base decisions on logic and have good sense and sound judgment. Managers and responsible decision makers attempt to be rational, wise and thoughtful in their decision-making.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

10/27/2016 Drastin unveils the World's first conversational analytics product powered by Artificial Intelligence. Check release.

10/27/2016 MediaBrix turns big data into mobile ad targeting resource with machine learning. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers/Books

1. 2016 Pre-ICIS SIGDSA/IFIP WG8.3 Symposium, Sunday, December 11, 2016, Dublin, Ireland. Check here.

2. 2016 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Systems (DSS 2016), 12-14 Dec. 2016, Sydney, Australia. Check here.

3. Call for papers: EWG-DSS 2017 International Conference on Decision Support System Technology (ICDSST 2017), May 29-31, 2017, Namur, Belgium. Check here.

4. Call for papers: 12th Annual Conference of Midwest United States Association for Information Systems, Springfield, IL May 18-19, 2017. Check here.

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