Biographical Sketch -- Daniel J. Power

Daniel J. Power is a Professor of Information Systems and Management at the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. He is also the editor of DSSResources.COM, the Web-based knowledge repository about computerized decision support and analytics, the editor of PlanningSkills.COM, and the editor of Decision Support (DSS) News, a bi-weekly e-newsletter.

Professor Power is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Midwest Association for Information Systems (, a Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management, was the founding section editor of the ISWorld pages on Decision Support Systems Research and was founding Chair of the Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Decision Support and Analytics (SIG DSA, previously SIG DSS). Power was the founding President of the Midwest United States Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (MWAIS, Also, he was a blogger and expert on the Business Intelligence Network.

Since 1982, Dan Power has published more than 50 refereed journals articles and book chapters, more than 30 refereed proceedings papers, and 5 books. His articles have appeared in leading academic journals including Decision Support Systems, Decision Sciences, Journal of Decision Systems, MIS Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, and Information and Management. He co-authored a book titled Strategic Management Skills and he has authored four books on computerized decision support. His DSS Concepts book (2002) titled Decision Support Systems: Concepts and Resources for Managers is a broad ranging scholarly handbook on the fundamentals of building decision support systems. His expanded DSS Framework has received widespread interest. He published Decision Support Systems: Frequently Asked Questions in 2005. In November 2009, his book Decision Support Basics was published by Business Expert Press ( His most recent book from Business Expert Press is titled Decision Support, Analytics, and Business Intelligence.

In 1982, Professor Power received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was on the faculty at the University of Maryland-College Park from 1982 to August 1989. Power served as the Head of the Management Department at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) from August 1989 to January 1996. He served as Acting Dean of the UNI College of Business Administration from January 1996 to July 31, 1996.

In addition to administrative service and professional service, Dan Power has served as Chair of the University of Northern Iowa Faculty, Chair of the UNI Faculty Senate, and President of UNI United Faculty-AAUP, the faculty collective bargaining organization. In 2008, Power received the University of Northern Iowa Ross A. Nielsen Professional Service Award and in 2009 he received the Iowa Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

Power is a pioneer developer and programmer of computerized decision aiding systems. During 1975-77, he developed a computerized system called DECAID, DECision AID. In 1981-83, he reprogrammed and expanded the system for the Apple II PC. In 1986-87, he designed a set of decision aiding tools for the Management Decision Assistant package from Southwestern Publishing.

Professor Power travels nationally and internationally teaching and consulting about decision support and business planning. Dr. Power has been a visiting lecturer at universities in China, Denmark, India, Ireland, Israel, and Russia. Power has consulted with a number of organizations and in Summer 2003 he was a Visiting Faculty Research Fellow with the U. S. Air Force Research Lab Information Directorate (AFRL/IF).

In summary, Dr. Daniel J. Power is a Decision Support evangelist and technology generalist. From his vantage point as editor of DSSResources.COM he tracks a broad range of contemporary decision support topics. In recent years, his writings have positioned him as a decision support theorist. His overall focus is on innovative decision support design and he likes to think of himself as a software designer and technology strategist, an Information Systems researcher and a Data and Decision Scientist.

Daniel J. Power is a native of Waterloo, Iowa and now lives in the neighboring city of Cedar Falls with his wife Carol.

Last updated 08/01/2016.

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