Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
November 25, 2018 Vol. 19, No. 24

We have just celebrated Thanksgiving in the United States. I have much to be thankful for including all of my friends in the global decision support and analytics research and applications community.

In this issue

1) How do individual differences impact use of decision support?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

Check Power, D., C. Heavin, J. McDermott & M. Daly (2018), "Defining business analytics: an empirical approach," Journal of Business Analytics, 1:1, 40-53, DOI: 10.1080/2573234X.2018.1507605 . Link to this article at

1) How do individual differences impact use of decision support?

by Daniel J. Power

People differ in abilities, capabilities, attitudes, beliefs, biases and knowledge, among many possible characteristics. Our differences likely have an impact on our use of computerized decision support and our decision making behavior. Some of the relationships are systematic. Yet there remain many unanswered questions. For example, are people with high IQs more or less likely to use decision support? Are people with advanced degrees more likely to make effective decisions and use decision support? Are older people more reluctant to use decision support? Are people with certain characteristics more likely to be "rational" than people with another set of characteristics? We do not know the answers to these and many other related questions.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

11/22/2018 Digital workplace providers in Brazil supporting shift to 'omnipresent workplaces'. Check release.

11/15/2018 Oracle accelerates data insights for retailers with Oracle Digital Assistant. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. Pre-ICIS SIGDSA Event, December 12-13, 2018 in San Francisco, California, USA. The theme is Decision Analytics Connecting People, Data, and Things at URL

2. Call for Papers: ICDSST 2019, May 27-29, 2019, Madiera, Portugal. Check Deadline submission of full papers: 30 November 2018.

3. Call for Papers: Special issue Journal of Decision Systems on Cognitive Bias, Decision Styles and Risk Attitudes. Check call. Deadline: December 30, 2018.

4. Call for articles Journal of Business Analytics, an official journal of the Operational Research Society. The journal serves the emerging and rapidly growing community of business analytics both in academia and industry. Check


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Power & Heavin (2018) argue "Digital disruption is accelerating. Implementing a successful digital transformation strategy requires that senior managers make trade-off decisions to reinvent a business. Equally important all decision makers must learn to ask the right questions, use data and computer support in decision making, and increase their knowledge and skills. Creating a data-centric culture and rewarding data-based decision making leads to successful digital transformation."


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