The methodological and theoretical foundations of decision support systems research

David Arnott, Graham Pervan

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    Decision support systems (DSS) is the part of the information systems (IS) discipline that is focused on supporting and improving managerial decision making. The field covers personal DSS, group support systems, negotiation support systems, intelligent DSS, knowledge management-based DSS, executive information systems/business intelligence, and data warehousing. Our long-term project on the intellectual foundations of DSS research has revealed a conservative field that needs to re-orient its research agendas to achieve greater quality and impact. This paper furthers this project and explores what we feel may be at the core of the field's problems - its methodological and theoretical foundations. A number of recommendations for improving the quality and relevance of DSS research are made. As DSS is a significant proportion of IS research, the lessons and recommendations from this study may be of use to all IS researchers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInformation Systems Foundations
    Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Representation and Reality
    PublisherANU E Press
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9781921313134
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
    EventInformation Systems Foundations Workshop 2006 - Canberra, Australia
    Duration: 27 Sept 200628 Sept 2006
    Conference number: 3rd


    ConferenceInformation Systems Foundations Workshop 2006
    Abbreviated titleWISF 2006

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