Organizational decision support systems: centralized support for decentralized organizations

by Warren Walker

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Organizations are becoming increasingly decentralized in their operations and decisionmaking. Advanced information technologies provide the glue that holds such organizations together and facilitates their operations. Organizational decision support systems (ODSSs) provide mechanisms for assuring that the decisions being made throughout such organizations are consistent with each other and with the overall organizational goals. By means of an ODSS, information and guidance are automatically passed from higher levels to lower levels for use in decisionmaking models.

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