Decision Support Basics

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Business Expert Press, Nov 1, 2009 - Computers - 125 pages
This book is targeted to busy managers and MBA students who need to grasp the basics of computerized decision support. Some of the topics covered include: What is a DSS? What do managers need to know about computerized decision support? And how can managers identify opportunities to create innovative DSS? Overall the book addresses 35 fundamental questions that are relevant to understanding computerized decision support.

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Daniel J. "Dan" Power is a Professor of Information Systems and Management at the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa and the editor of DSSResources.COM, the Web-based knowledge repository about computerized systems that support decision making, the editor of PlanningSkills.COM, and the editor of DSS News, a bi-weekly e-newsletter. Dan writes the column "Ask Dan!" in DSS News. Also, Dan is the Decision Support Expert at the Business Intelligence Network. Dr. Power's research interests include the design and development of Decision Support Systems and how DSS impact individual and organizational decision behavior. His current major research project is developing and experimenting with Since 1982, Dan Power has published more than 40 articles, book chapters and proceedings papers. His articles have appeared in leading journals including Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Decision Systems, MIS Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Communications of the Association for Information Systems and Information and Management. He is also co-author of a book titled Strategic Management Skills and he has authored two books on Decision Support Systems. His DSS Concepts book (2002) is a broad ranging handbook on the fundamentals of building decision support systems. His expanded DSS Framework has received widespread interest. His book Decision Support Systems: Frequently Asked Questions (2005) organizes important Ask Dan! questions (with answers) published in DSS News from 2000 through 2004. Professor Power is a member of two academic journal editorial boards, was the founding section editor of the ISWorld pages on Decision Support Systems Research and was founding Chair of the Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Decision Support, Knowledge and Data Management Systems (SIG DSS). Professor Power is a past President of the Midwest United States Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (MWAIS). In 1982, Professor Power received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was on the faculty at the University of Maryland-College Park from 1982 to 1989 and received tenure as an Associate Professor in 1987. Power served as the Head of the Management Department at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) from August 1989 to January 1996. He served as Acting Dean of the UNI College of Business Administration from January 16, 1996 to July 31, 1996. Dr. Power has been a visiting lecturer at universities in China, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, and Russia. Power has consulted with a number of organizations and in Summer 2003 he was a Visiting Faculty Research Fellow with the U. S. Air Force Research Lab Information Directorate (AFRL/IF).

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