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Decision support systems

Druzdzel, MJ and Flynn, RR (2011) Decision support systems. In: Understanding Information Retrieval Systems: Management, Types, and Standards. UNSPECIFIED, 461 - 472. ISBN 9781439891964

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© 2012 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Making decisions concerning complex systems (e.g., the management of organizational operations, industrial processes, or investment portfolios; the command and control of military units; the control of nuclear power plants) often strains our cognitive capabilities. Even though individual interactions among a system’s variables may be well understood, predicting how the system will react to an external manipulation such as a policy decision is often difficult. What will be, for example the effect of introducing the third shift on a factory floor? One might expect that this will increase the plant’s output by roughly 50%. Factors such as additional wages, machine weardown, maintenance breaks, raw material usage, supply logistics, and future demand also need to be considered, however, because they will all affect the total financial outcome of this decision. Many variables are involved in complex and often subtle interdependencies, and predicting the total outcome may be daunting.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Druzdzel, MJmarek@sis.pitt.eduDRUZDZEL0000-0002-7598-2286
Flynn, RR
Date: 1 January 2011
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: 461 - 472
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781439891964
Title of Book: Understanding Information Retrieval Systems: Management, Types, and Standards
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2011 14:16
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2019 01:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6009

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