Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
May 1, 2016             Vol. 17, No. 09

In this issue

1) Can using a DSS have unintended negative consequences?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) Can using a DSS have unintended negative consequences??

by Daniel J. Power

YES. Decision support is not a cure-all or a panacea. Researchers and managers often focus too much on the anticipated positive consequences of using a specific Decision Support System (DSS). Using a computerized system to support decision making can have anticipated and unanticipated negative consequences. This essay is a starting point in assessing unintended negative consequences that leaves many opportunities for readers to extend the analysis. The following two statements define issues related to negative outcomes caused by using a computerized decision support capability.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

04/26/2016 iDashboards recognized among Top 10 Big Data Solution Providers 2016 by Government CIO Outlook. Check release.

04/21/2016 Halliburton turns to IBM Cloud to help evaluate development decisions for oil and gas fields. Check release.

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

1. MWAIS 2016, May 19-20, Milwaukee, WI. Click here.

2. CFP: Friday, May 20, 2016, 11:59 PM PDT. IEEE DSAA'2016: Third International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics, Montreal, Oct. 17-19, 2016. Click here.

3. 2016 Open Conference of the IFIP WG 8, June 22-24, 2016, University College Cork, Ireland. Check here.


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