Dr. Mark C. Taylor, chairman of Columbia University’s religion department, issues this call in the NY Times to “End the University as We Know It.”Among other problems, Taylor sees specialization making the university irrelevant: (more…)


Prof asks for a simple summary of major issues in DSS research, as discussed in Arnott and Pervan (2005, 2008) and Shim et al. (2002), and I have to go off advocating wholesale destruction of an industry….

The above articles appear to point to three pressing issues in DSS research: relevance, relevance, and relevance. Technology and business are changing fast. The increasing accumulation of data and easy access to it mean that those entrepreneurs who have the tools and talent to sift through that data and translate it into knowledge and action will have a competitive advantage over those who don’t… or even those who do but do so more cautiously. While the academic careers of researchers may hinge upon articles that take five years to make the grueling journey from inception to acceptance and publication, five-year-old data for practitioners is often laughably obsolete. (more…)

Arnott, D., & Pervan, G. (2005). A critical analysis of decision support systems research. Journal of Information Technology, 20, 67‐87.

More summarizing, another Arnott and Pervan work, this one from 2005. These guys spent a lot of time reading the DSS literature.

Arnott and Pervan (2005) appear to get one thing… well, one should not say wrong in these genteel academic confines, so let’s just say there’s an incomplete hypothesis. They point to the predominace of theory building and theory testing and the lack of theory refinement. (more…)

We’re reading Arnott and Pervan (2008) for INFS 838. The authors perform a content analysis of over a thousand decision support systems research articles published from 1990 to 2004 in an effort to identify trends and concerns in DSS research.

Among the problems they find is a relative lack of exposure in “A” journals. On the whole, DSS is relatively well represented, but (more…)