Personal Decision Support Systems

  • David Arnott
Part of the International Handbooks Information System book series (INFOSYS)


Personal decision support systems (PDSS) are small-scale information systems that are normally developed for one manager, or a small number of managers, for an important decision task. They were the original form of using information technology (IT) to support management decision making. They remain the largest component of decision support systems (DSS) research and are used by most managers in corporations today. This chapter places PDSS in the history of decision support and identifies the unique nature of PDSS. It then describes the evolutionary approach to developing PDSS and illustrates PDSS concepts with two contemporary case studies. The chapter ends with comments on the current environment of PDSS.


Decision Support Decision Support System Decision Task Deputy Director Confirmation Bias 
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  • David Arnott
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  1. 1.Centre for Decision Support and Enterprise Systems ResearchMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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