The EWG-DSS group is very glad to announce the publication of the book “Tools for Collaborative decision-Making”, John Wiley & Sons, January 2013, of our Coordinator Pascale Zaraté, who is Computer Science Professor at the University Toulouse 1 Capitole; Senior Researcher at IRIT Laboratory; and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Decision Support Systems Technologies.
Decision-making has evolved recently thanks to the introduction of information and communication technologies in many organizations, which has led to new kinds of decision-making processes, called “collaborative decision-making”, at the organizational and cognitive levels.
This book looks at the development of the decision-making process in organizations. Decision-aiding and its paradigm of problem solving are defined, showing how decision-makers now need to work in a cooperative way. Definitions of cooperation and associated concepts such as collaboration and coordination are given and a framework of cooperative decision support systems is presented, including intelligent DSS, cooperative knowledge-based systems, workflow, group support systems, collaborative engineering, integrating with a collaborative decision-making model in part or being part of global projects.
Several models and experimental studies are also included showing that these new processes have to be supported by new types of tools, several of which are described in order to calculate or simulate solutions or global solutions for decision-making modification. Definitions and new trends for these models are given, along with types of systems.