A framework for supporting distributed group decision-making
ABSTRACT Group decision support systems (GDSS) have been proposed as tools for aiding the group decision making process. Research in GDSS has focused primarily on facilitating group meetings. However, meetings form only one aspect of the group decision problem solving process. In fact it is desirable to reduce the number of meetings, especially if the group members are in geographically distant locations. The need for meetings can be reduced if the group is provided with a system which will allow the group members to exchange information and expertise on a continuous basis rather than only during meetings. In this paper we propose a framework for such a system which we designate a distributed group decision support system (DGDSS). The DGDSS works in conjunction with an organizational information system composed of a network of knowledge based systems. This network is utilized to support information and expertise exchange between group members on a continuous basis.
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ABSTRACT: A computational Reference Model of Distributed Group Decision Support Systems (RM-DGDSS) is described. This Reference Model is a supplement of the standardized Reference Model of OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) and can be a candidate for standardization in ODP (Open Distributed Processing). The RM-DGDSS defines a distributed architecture environment for supporting a group of decision makers connected via computer network. Entities of the Reference Model and their relationship are presented as well as the relation between the RM-DGDSS and Reference Model of ODP (RM-ODP). Research and development towards the standardization of specialized protocols for decision support (PDS) are outlined.12/1994;