Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
March 5, 2017             Vol. 18, No. 5

In this issue

1) How do decision questions differ?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) How do decision questions differ?

by Daniel J. Power

A choice or decision often results from answering a question like "What should be done?" Understanding question asking can help people make better decisions. Rudyard Kipling (1902) wrote a poem titled "I Keep Six Honest Serving Men" that people should remember when thinking about decision questions. The poem begins "I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who." These six are the primary question words. There are other question words and phrases like How many? and How much?, even the word "Is" can start a question, but Kipling's six words are a good starting place for examining how decision questions differ in intent and how they are similar.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

03/01/2017 Tableau 10.2 brings new advanced analytics capabilities. Check release.

03/01/2017 Expert System named by KMWorld as "One of the 100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management" 2017. Check release.

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

1. EWG-DSS 2017 International Conference on Decision Support System Technology (ICDSST 2017), May 29-31, 2017, Namur, Belgium. Check here.

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


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