Decision analyses – a brief introduction
Author: Diana Popovici
Abstract: The decision analyses have been developed in the second half of the 20th century to help managers better deal with the decision making problems they had to face. Evolving from very technical and simple managerial tools, they became today a very wide domain, comprising knowledge, methods and techniques from Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Management and lately GIS. The most important aspect of the decision analyses is the decision making process. Even though, earlier in their development, the goal (the decision) was emphasized, after 1970’s the accent was put on how a decision should be made. This led to a dynamic development of methods and instruments that could assist the decision makers through the decision making process, so the decision support systems, and later the spatial decision support systems appeared.
decision problem, decision making process, decision support systems, spatial decision support systems.