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International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences
International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences


Special Issue on: "Group-based Decision and Knowledge Support Systems for Service Systems"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Manuel Mora, Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Mexico
Dr. Fen Wang, Central Washington University, USA
Dr. Jorge Marx Gómez, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Dr. Gloria Phillips-Wren, Loyola University, USA

Group-based decision support systems (GDSS) (Gray et al., 2011) and knowledge management systems (KMS) (Alavi & Leidner, 2001) are specialised IT systems focused respectively on supporting team decision-making processes (through support for intelligence, design and choice phases) and on team-based or organisation-based knowledge preservation, dissemination and utilisation processes (supporting mainly the implementation and learning phases of an extended decision-making process). Both IT technologies have reached a mature stability.

However, when a new application domain appears, new scientific, engineering and managerial challenges are exposed. Service systems is an emergent relevant construct posited by the service science area – an emergent research area endorsed by important worldwide institutions. Service systems have been defined as dynamic configurations of people, technologies, organisations and shared information that create and deliver value to customers, providers and other stakeholders (Spohrer et al., 2008). Service science aims to discover the underlying logic of complex service systems and to establish a common language and shared frameworks for service innovation (IfM and IBM, 2008). In important service sectors are explicitly and implicitly embedded multiples service systems such as universities in the higher education sector, hospitals in the healthcare sector, mobile companies in the telecom sector, banks in the financial sector and sport leagues in the entertainment sector, among others. In all of these service systems, the participation of teams is inherent for knowledge and decision-intensive tasks.

Thus, in this special issue we pursue the goal of advancing our scientific knowledge of service systems through the support provided by GDSS and KMS to teams in these and other service systems. Exploratory, theory building, theory testing and applied high-quality research papers are welcome for the issue.


Alavi, M., & Leidner, D. E. (2001). Review: Knowledge management and knowledge management systems: Conceptual foundations and research issues. MIS Quarterly, 107-136.

Gray, P., Johansen, B., Nunamaker, J., Rodman, J., &, Wagner, G. (2011). GDSS Past, Present, and Future. In: D. Schuff, D. Paradice, F. Burstein, D. Power and R. Sharda (Eds), Decision Support: An Examination of the DSS Discipline, Springer, pp. 1-24.

IfM and IBM (2008). Succeeding through Service Innovation: Developing a Service Perspective for Education, Research, Business and Government. Cambridge, United Kingdom: University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing.

Spohrer, J., Maglio, P. P., Bailey, J. and Gruhl, D. (2007). Steps toward a science of service systems. IEEE Computer, 40(1), 71–77.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Innovative applications of GDSS or KMS for service systems in core service sectors (education, healthcare, financial, telecom, entertainment, etc.)
  • GDSS or KMS development methodologies including service science concepts
  • GDSS or KMS value frameworks including service science concepts
  • GDSS or KMS development tools useful for service systems (commercial or open source)
  • Surveys on GDSS and KMS applications for service systems
  • Theories on decision making in service sectors
  • Case studies of knowledge management in service sectors
  • Theory on technology-supported decision making or knowledge management in service sectors
  • Human factors in technology use for group-based decision making in service sectors
  • GDSS or KMS for green IT services
  • GDSS or KMS for sustainable services

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Paper submission for review: 15 October, 2014

Review results: 30 November, 2014

Revised paper submission: 31 January, 2015

Final acceptance: 28 February, 2015

Final version submission: 15 March, 2015