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A study of the factors leading to sustainable group decisions developed in a creative decision support system

Jones, Garrick and Sørensen, Linda Johnstone (2010) A study of the factors leading to sustainable group decisions developed in a creative decision support system. In: Annual Conference of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors on Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2010, 2010-04-13 - 2010-04-15, Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom, GBR.

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Problems facing modern society are unstructured and complex rendering traditional decision support with the formation of single solutions inadequate. Decision support systems (DSS) have recently sought to address this issue by providing creative decision support to facilitate the generation of several alternative solutions to a problem, with particular emphasis on groups. Although it is recognised that decision support can improve the quality of decision making, asofyet there has been no exploration of the sustainability of these decisions. Is group decision support akin to management fads that over time fade through a lack of durable results? This paper presents a study which sought to take the first steps to inform this question by investigating retrospectively the sustainability of the decisions made by a group supported through a Group Decision Support System (GDSS). Through an explorative, qualitative research process we sought to understand whether group decision support provides fundamentally short-term gain, or if long-term effects are possible. In-depth interviews were conducted firstly with experts in decision-making theory and support; and, secondly, with a group that had received decision support in a creative group decision support environment. We found that to ensure decisions made in group decision support systems the decisions must be reinforced also after the initial decision has been made to ensure sustainability. This has implications for all decision support aimed at supporting complex decisions where the decision is not an isolated occurrence.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2012 09:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:05

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