Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
November 10, 2019 Vol. 20, No. 23

Inaugural newsletter issue May 10, 2000, this is issue 508

In this issue

1) What is a decision question?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What is a decision question?

by Daniel J. Power

What should we do? Who should do it? Where should a new facility be located? How should a new product be introduced to the market? Big decisions are linked to answering important questions about future actions and plans. Decisions and more decisions face managers. Some decision questions are seemingly easy to identify, but often much harder to answer. Poorly specifying a decision question leads to poor choices and often bad outcomes. The first step in decision making should be specifying one's decision question --> broadly ask What is my decision situation about? What is the central issue? What is the decision question?

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

11/06/2019 Apptio expands access for business users with new self-service analytics. Check release.

11/06/2019 Once-reticent utilities accelerating move to the cloud. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. 2019 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference New Orleans, LA, November 23 - 25, 2019. Check site.

2. Call for Papers: IFIP WG8.3 Decision Support 2020 in Wroclaw, Poland. Deadline December 15, 2019. Check release.

3. Call for Papers AMCIS 2020 SIGDSA, August 12 - 16, 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah. Submission begins January 6, 2020. Check release.

4. KDD 2020 will convene in San Diego, California Aug. 22-27, 2020. Check release.

5. 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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