Biographical Sketch -- Dan Power
Daniel J. "Dan" Power is a Professor of Management and Information Systems at the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa and the editor of DSSResources.COM, the Web-based knowledge repository about computerized systems that support decision making, the editor of PlanningSkills.COM, and the editor of DSS News, a bi-weekly e-newsletter. Dan writes a regular column in Decision Support News. Also, Dan is the Decision Support Expert at the Business Intelligence Network.
Since 1982, Dan Power has published more than 40 articles, book chapters and proceedings papers. His articles have appeared in leading journals including Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Decision Systems, MIS Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Communications of the Association for Information Systems and Information and Management. He is also co-author of 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. His book Decision Support Systems: Frequently Asked Questions (2005) organizes important Ask Dan! questions (with answers) published in DSS News from 2000 through 2004. In November 2009, his book Decision Support Basics was published by Business Expert Press, check businessexpertpress.com. His latest book from Business Expert Press is titled Decision Support, Analytics, and Business Intellegence.
Professor Power is a member of two academic journal editorial boards, 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, Knowledge and Data Management Systems (SIG DSS). Also, Professor Power was the founding President of the Midwest United States Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (MWAIS) and served as the at-large member of the Board of Directors.
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 1989 and received tenure as an Associate Professor in 1987. 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 16, 1996 to July 31, 1996. Dr. Power has been a visiting lecturer at universities in China, Denmark, 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).
Dr. Power is a pioneer developer of computerized decision aiding and support 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 Dan Power travels nationally and internationally teaching and consulting about DSS and Business Technology Strategy. Occasionally he consults on development of advanced decision support applications and he has facilitated business planning sessions.
In summary, Dr. Daniel Power is a Decision Support evangelist and technology generalist. From his vantage point as editor of DSSResources.COM and PlanningSkills.COM he tracks a broad range of contemporary decision support and planning 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 Decision Scientist.
Daniel J. Power is a native of Waterloo, Iowa and now lives in the neighboring city of Cedar Falls with his wife and son.
Last updated 01/16/2013.
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