The Intellectual Structure of Decision Support Systems Research (1969-1989)

The Intellectual Structure of Decision Support Systems Research (1969-1989)

Sean Eom (Southeast Missouri State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-738-6.ch012
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Abstract

This is the capstone chapter that shows how the concepts, tools, and techniques discussed in each of the previous chapters can be applied in conducting author cocitation analysis using a real data in the DSS area. The step-by-step procedures are shown in detail from the preparation of data file in Excel format and importing the file to the SAS system for multivariate statistical analysis. This chapter also guides the readers through the process of analyzing the results of principal components analysis, cluster analysis, and multi-dimensional scaling. The chapter also shows how to apply different criteria to select the optimal number of factor solutions, cluster solutions, and evaluating the acceptability of multi-dimensional scaling outputs. This chapter reports part of the intellectual structure of the DSS field by means of an empirical assessment of the DSS literature over the period 1969 through 1989. Three multivariate data analysis tools (factor analysis, multidimensional scaling, and cluster analysis) are applied to an author cocitation frequency matrix derived from a large database file of comprehensive DSS literature over the same period. Four informal clusters of decision support systems (DSS) research subspecialties and a reference discipline were uncovered. Four of these represent DSS research subspecialties—foundations, model/data management, user-interface/individual differences, and group support systems. One other conceptual grouping defines a reference discipline of DS—organizational science.
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The primary data for this study were gathered from a total of 632 citing articles in the DSS area over the past 20 years (1969-1989). The details of the nature of these citing articles can be found in (Eom, 1995; Eom & Farris, 1996). These citing articles consist of two categories—specific DSS application articles based on the same definition and collection criteria of Eom and Lee (1990) and non-application articles.

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Acknowledgment
Sean B. Eom
Chapter 1
Sean Eom
Author cocitation analysis (ACA) is a branch of bibliometrics. Bibliometrics/informetrics is one of the older areas of library and information... Sample PDF
An Introduction to Bibliometrics and Informetrics
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Chapter 2
Sean Eom
This chapter introduces online citation data retrieval using the Web of Science and Dialog Classic. The Web of Science provides access to... Sample PDF
An Introduction to Online Data Retrieval and Issues
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Chapter 3
Sean Eom
Virtually all ACA studies using Thomson’s ISI citation indexes used only the first author to retrieve the cocitation counts. Therefore, this has... Sample PDF
The Impact of the ISI Convention of Relying on only the Name of the First Author on ACA Results: An Empirical Investigation
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Chapter 4
Diagonal Values in ACA  (pages 91-121)
Sean Eom
Diagonal values in the cocitation frequency counts matrix are a fundamental issue in ACA study. Diagonal values are the co-citation frequency counts... Sample PDF
Diagonal Values in ACA
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Chapter 5
The Fox-Base Approach  (pages 123-136)
Sean Eom
Chapter II introduced online cocitation counts retrieval using Dialog Classic and citation index files. Certainly Dialog Classic is an attractive... Sample PDF
The Fox-Base Approach
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Chapter 6
Sean Eom
This chapter shows another alternative approach of building citation database and retrieval system using the spreadsheet program, Microsoft Excel.... Sample PDF
Building Databases and the Cocitation Counts Generation System Using Microsoft Excel Program in Visual Basics
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Chapter 7
Sean Eom
The previous two chapters examined the two alternative approaches of retrieving cocitation counts using custom databases and cocitation frequency... Sample PDF
Overview of Author Cocitation Analysis Procedures
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Chapter 8
Sean Eom
This chapter describes the factor procedure. The first section of the chapter begins with the definition of factor analysis. This is the statistical... Sample PDF
Principal Component Analysis Using the Factor Procedure
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Chapter 9
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This chapter describes the distance and cluster procedure of the SAS system. SAS version 9 introduced the proc distance procedure. All previous... Sample PDF
The Distance and Cluster Procedure
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Chapter 10
Multidimensional Scaling  (pages 225-254)
Sean Eom
This chapter discusses multidimensional scaling (MDS) procedures. MDS is a class of multivariate statistical techniques/procedures to produce two or... Sample PDF
Multidimensional Scaling
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Chapter 11
Sean Eom
This chapter briefly introduces the use of SPSS version 15.0 to conduct ACA analysis. The SPSS accepts datafiles in many different formats including... Sample PDF
ACA Analysis with the 15.0.0 Verison of SPSS for Windows
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Chapter 12
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This is the capstone chapter that shows how the concepts, tools, and techniques discussed in each of the previous chapters can be applied in... Sample PDF
The Intellectual Structure of Decision Support Systems Research (1969-1989)
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Chapter 13
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This chapter extends an earlier benchmark study (Sean B. Eom, 1995) which examined the intellectual structure, major themes, and reference... Sample PDF
The Changing Structure of Decision Support Systems Research: An Empirical Investigation through Author Cocitation Mapping (1990-1999)
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