A Relational Theory of Model Management

  • Robert W. Blanning
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 31)


The field of DSS, which began as an investigation into the need for tools to help managers to solve ill-structured problems [Carlson, 1977; Keen and Morton, 1978; Keen and Wagner, 1979; Alter, 1980], has grown to encompass a variety of approaches and concerns, including artificial intelligence, model management, information economics, and individual and group behavior [Blanning, 1983b; Bonczek, Holsapple and Whinston, 1981]. This is also reflected in the content of several recent collections of papers on DSS [Fick and Sprague, 1980; Ginzberg, Reitman, and Stohr, 1982; Bennett, 1983; House, 1983; Sol, 1983], and in attempts to develop a framework for DSS that includes stored data, data analysis procedures, and decision models [Blanning, 1982c, 1982d, 1979].


Decision Support System Model Management Output Attribute Input Attribute Content Attribute 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Blanning
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  1. 1.Owen Graduate School of ManagementVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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