Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
March 3, 2019 Vol. 20, No. 05

In this issue

1) How should digital ethics impact analytics and data mining?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) How should digital ethics impact analytics and data mining?

by Ciara Heavin
and Daniel J. Power

Ethics should guide analytics, data mining, decision support, and decision making. Big data and new analytical tools have raised new ethical questions for managers. Ethics refers to "moral rules, codes, or principles which provide guidelines for right and truthful behavior in specific situations" (Lewis 1985, p. 382). Gartner (2018) define digital ethics as "a system of values or moral principles for the conduct of digital interactions among people, businesses and things". Digital ethics creates a practical challenge for managers and most CIOs prioritize resolving digital ethics issues as a top priority in their digital strategies (Bhagyashree, 2018). Gartner identified digital ethics and privacy as one of its top strategic technology issues for 2019 (Lomass, 2018; High, 2018). Managers must address issues of compliance, risk mitigation, and values.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

02/28/2019 SAS ranked a leader in real-time interaction management by independent research firm. Check release.

02/28/2019 ThoughtTrace moves new office headquarters to Houston to support massive growth. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. Conference: ICDSST 2019, May 27-29, 2019, Madiera, Portugal. Check

2. 30th European Conference on Operational Research, June 23-26, Dublin, Ireland. Check

3. Call For Papers: 2019 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference New Orleans, LA, November 23 - 25, 2019, Full Paper Deadline: May 15, 2019. Check release.

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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