Gender and DSS design: the research implications


Powell, P. and Johnson, J.E.V. (1995) Gender and DSS design: the research implications. Decision Support Systems, 14, (1), 27-58. (doi:10.1016/0167-9236(94)00014-J).

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Although decisions and decision-making lie at the heart of decision support system (DSS) research, certain aspects of human decision-making have been neglected by DSS builders. One of these is the role of gender in decision-making. Decision support systems are constructed largely upon the assumption of an androgynous user, but, clearly, if males and females take decisions in different ways or prefer different styles of information, then their use of DSS may differ. This may have important organisational implications, especially as women ascend the corporate ladder. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the literature on gender differences and to highlight explicitly the role of this literature in DSS design. It is hoped that, by raising dormant questions, the debate may be stimulated. Finally, a research agenda is suggested.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0167-9236 (print)
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Keywords: decision support systems, gender, decision taking, risk, confidence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 36420
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:23
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/36420

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