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Research in the Decision Sciences for Global Business: Best Papers from the 2013 Annual Conference

Book Description

This volume brings together important new research in decision science, capturing the crucial role of local context in a globalized, standardized world. Assembling the best work presented at the 2013 Conference of the European Decision Sciences Institute, it considers classic decision science problems from a new perspective, offering insights for improving decision-making in government, business, healthcare, education, manufacturing, the military, and beyond. The papers in Common Disciplines that Separate Us embrace the duality of globally determined local contexts, offering new approaches to decision-making related to:

  • Strengthening national economic competitiveness

  • Reforming the public sector and higher education

  • Deploying information technology more effectively throughout government

  • Making healthcare policy that achieves better outcomes at lower cost

  • Analyzing social networks

  • Improving processes via data visualization, modeling, and simulation

  • Gaining more value from enterprise business intelligence

  • Offshoring, nearshoring, "right shoring," and other key manufacturing decisions

  • Improving supply chain performance

  • And much more

  • The papers collected here will be valuable to wide audiences of faculty, researchers, and students in diverse programs covering business, public administration, and economics; and for others interested in the frontiers of decision science.

    Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Dedication Page
    5. Contents
    6. Foreword
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. About the Editor
    9. About EDSI
    10. Introduction: Common Disciplines That Separate Us—Local Contexts in Global Networks
      1. Acknowledgments
    11. Part I: Plenary Papers
      1. 1. Good Governance and Good Public Administration
        1. Abstract
        2. “Comprehensive” Thoughts
        3. Good Governance
        4. Summarizing
        5. Good Administration
        6. National University of Public Service (NUPS)
        7. References
        8. Endnotes
        9. About the Author
      2. 2. Struggling with Flood: Universities in Times of Crisis
        1. Abstract
        2. The Lessons of the Crisis
        3. The Challenges the EU Is Facing
        4. Higher Education and the Public Sector
        5. University Autonomy
        6. Conclusions
        7. Endnotes
        8. About the Author
      3. 3. The Advantages of Hierarchical Organization: From Pigeon Flocks to Optimal Network Structures
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Hierarchy Measure for Complex Networks
        4. Group Performance Maximized by Hierarchical Competence Distribution
        5. Emergence of Hierarchical Cooperation among Selfish Individuals
        6. Conclusion
        7. References
        8. About the Authors
      4. 4. Globally Distributed Product Innovation: Efficacy of Distributed Teams
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Hypotheses
        4. Data and Model Development
        5. Analysis and Results
        6. Conclusion
        7. References
        8. Endnote
        9. About the Authors
    12. Part II: Innovation and Competitiveness
      1. 5. Assessing the Role of R&D in International Competitiveness: Some Conceptual and Methodological Problems
        1. Abstract
        2. Competitiveness in R&D: Terms and Approaches
        3. The Controversial Linkage Between Competitiveness of R&D and Exports
        4. Europe’s Competitiveness in R&D and Innovation
        5. Conclusions
        6. References
        7. Endnotes
        8. About the Author
      2. 6. On Perceptions of Technical Efficiency on the Basis of Innovation Union Scoreboard Index
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Literature Review on Innovativeness
        4. On the Efficiency of the Innovation Efforts in the IUS/EIS Context
        5. Empirical Results and Their Interpretation
        6. Concluding Comments and Suggestions for Further Studies
        7. References
        8. About the Authors
    13. Part III: Public Sector Decisions
      1. 7. Military Decision Making and the Human Terrain
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Military Decision-Making Process
        4. Tactical Level
        5. Operational Level
        6. The Fog of War
        7. The Tools of Understanding the Fog of War
        8. The Human Terrain (Boldizsár 2013)
        9. Summary
        10. References
        11. About the Author
      2. 8. An Organic Approach to Command and Control and Military Decision Making
        1. Abstract
        2. War as a Complex Adaptive System
        3. Napoleon at Jena
        4. Addressing Uncertainty
        5. Increasing Flexibility
        6. Managing Polarities
        7. Compound Word
        8. Constant Dialogue
        9. Command-by-Evolution
        10. Option One
        11. Option Two
        12. Option Three
        13. Conclusion
        14. References
        15. About the Author
      3. 9. ICT-Based Value Creation in Business and Public Administration: Review and Research Propositions
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. ICT Value in Business and Public Administration
        4. ICT Value Creation and Measurement in Business
        5. ICT Value Creation in Public Administration
        6. Research Agenda to Improve and Extend the ICT Value Concept and Measurement
        7. Conclusions
        8. References
        9. About the Author
      4. 10. The Whole of the Moon: Transforming from a Unitarist to a Pluralist Perspective
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. The Perspectives of Organizational Culture
        4. HRM Practices and Culture
        5. The Commonly Held Perspective
        6. The Case Study
        7. The Organization
        8. Methodology
        9. Findings
        10. A Different Cultural Perspective: Pluralism
        11. The Implications for HR Practice
        12. Conclusions
        13. References
        14. About the Authors
      5. 11. The Effects of External Changes on Different Actors in a Service Triad in the Public Sector: Finnish Visa Services in Russia
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Literature Review
        4. Methodology
        5. Within-Case Analyses
        6. Discussion and Conclusions
        7. References
        8. About the Authors
    14. Part IV: Healthcare Decisions
      1. 12. The Impact of Multicultural Teams on the Efficiency of Hospital Care in Dubai
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Context Under Study: From Local to Worldwide Healthcare Markets
        4. Diversity and Teams’ Performance
        5. Cultural Diversity and Healthcare Teams
        6. Hypothesis Development
        7. Methodology
        8. Data
        9. Results
        10. Discussion and Limitations
        11. References
        12. About the Authors
      2. 13. Shared Decision Making in Healthcare: Is It Really Ideal?
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Models of Communication and Decision Making in Healthcare
        4. Paternalistic Decision Making
        5. Informative Decision Making
        6. Shared Decision Making
        7. Empirical Research
        8. Method
        9. Results
        10. Conclusions
        11. Acknowledgments
        12. References
        13. About the Author
      3. 14. Process Quality and Patient Safety Outcomes in Hospitals
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Methodology
        4. Results
        5. Conclusion
        6. References
        7. About the Authors
    15. Part V: Decision Analytics
      1. 15. Detecting Community Structures Based on Neighborhood Relations
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Theoretical Background
        4. Common Neighbors-based Graph Clustering Method
        5. Application Examples
        6. Speed Test of the Algorithms
        7. Conclusion
        8. Acknowledgment
        9. References
        10. About the Authors
      2. 16. Business Process Amelioration Methods, Techniques, and Their Service Orientation—A Review of Literature
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Literature Review
        4. Temporal Evolution and the Development of Process Orientation of BPA Techniques and Methods
        5. Tendencies in Service Orientation of BPAs
        6. Conclusions and Scope of Further Research
        7. References
        8. About the Authors
      3. 17. Development of Risk-Based Control Charts Considering Measurement Uncertainty
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Background of the Study
        4. Methods
        5. Results
        6. Conclusion
        7. Acknowledgments
        8. References
        9. About the Authors
      4. 18. Information Processing in Emerging Markets: Industry Intelligence Activities in China
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Purpose and Objective
        4. Research Model, Hypothesis, and Methodology
        5. Findings, Implications, Limitations, and Future Research
        6. References
        7. Endnote
        8. About the Authors
    16. Part VI: Researching and Practicing the Science of Supply Chains
      1. 19. Barriers of Interdisciplinary Decision Making: Integrating Production, Logistics, and Traffic
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Methodology
        4. Theoretical-Conceptual Derivation of Systems State Spaces and Decision Space
        5. Case Study in the Spare Parts Business
        6. Conclusions and Implications
        7. References
        8. About the Authors
      2. 20. Building Risk Management Capability
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Hypotheses Development
        4. Data and Methodology
        5. Analysis and Results
        6. Discussion and Conclusion
        7. Limitations and Future Research
        8. References
        9. About the Authors
      3. 21. Green Procurement Decisions under Business Volume Discounts
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Background
        4. Model Development
        5. Notation
        6. Mathematical Formulation
        7. Optional Constraints
        8. Solution Methodology
        9. Conclusion
        10. References
        11. About the Author
      4. 22. Supply Chain Integration and Performance
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Supply Chain Integration—Theoretical Background
        4. Supply Chain Integration Research
        5. Conclusions
        6. References
        7. About the Authors
      5. 23. Combined Sourcing and Inventory Management Using Capacity Reservation and Spot Market
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction and Literature Review
        3. Conclusion
        4. References
        5. About the Authors
      6. 24. An Empirical Research on Information Technology Adoption and Organizational Factors in Large Enterprises in Iztapalapa, Mexico
        1. Abstract
        2. Introduction
        3. Organizational Factors and IT Adoption
        4. Methodology
        5. Findings
        6. Analysis and Discussion
        7. Conclusion
        8. References
        9. About the Authors
    17. Author Index
    18. Index