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The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held November 22 - 25 in Tampa, Florida, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside.

The theme of the conference is Technology and the Rapidly Changing Global Business Landscape: How the Heightened Pace of Technological Innovation Is Driving Change in Business and Business Educational Paradigms. What we take for granted now—Web 2.0, Twitter, Facebook, iPads and tablets, crowdsourcing, m-commerce, MOOCs, DNA sequencing, nanotechnology applications—existed only in the imagination of a few visionaries four decades ago.

DSI turns 45 in 2014. Over these last four decades we have witnessed an increasingly rapid pace of technological innovations. The technology that we now take for granted once existed only in the imagination of a few visionaries. Today's technological innovations, with many more to come, are transforming business models and business education—and these changes are not confined to the world of business (think "Arab Spring").

Against this backdrop, it seems apropos for us to not only reflect on the Institute's past but also to begin envisioning the Institute's future. What are the opportunities, challenges, and implications of the technologies already here or on the horizon . . . for DSI, individuals, creators and transmitters of knowledge, organizational leaders, and policy makers? The theme of the 2014 Annual Meeting of DSI, Technology and the Rapidly Changing Global Business Landscape, aims to stimulate conversations around this broad question. We invite you to join this conversation by submitting your research for presentation, as well ideas for workshops and panels. And, by the way, we hope to continue making a number of changes to the conference—from the research tracks we will have (e.g., social media, privacy and security, etc.) to the types of research presentations we will cultivate (e.g., research into how business students learn, research into how to deliver and assess business curriculum, etc.) to the professional development sessions that keep us refreshed and energized (e.g., mid-career faculty consortium, writing a great teaching case workshop, how to publish in DSJ and DSJIE workshops). These changes, we believe, will resonate with DSI members. More details will be forthcoming in the coming months on the conference website:
. So, please check back often, hold the dates, and make plans to join us at the Tampa Marriott Waterside for these sure-to-be-interesting conversations.

Program Chair M. Johnny Rungtusanatham
The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business

Decision Line


The January 2014 issue of Decision Line includes news on the latest DSI activities and the following feature articles:

President's Letter. "Baltimore Conference a Great Success," by Maling Ebrahimpour, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

From the Editor. Decision Line Editor Maling Ebrahimpour provides an overview of 44(5) feature articles. [read more]

DSI Election Special Issue. The two candidates for the position of DSI president-elect, Manoj Malhotra, University of South Carolina, and Morgan Swink, Texas Christian University, provide their vision statements.

Doctoral Student Affairs. "How to Be a Good Dissertation Advisor," by Varun Grover, Clemson University, and Ramesh Sharda, Oklahoma State University.

What distinguishes a good advisor from a bad one? The authors offer 10 basic guidelines for advisors in managing their doctoral students well. [read more]

In the Classroom. "Teaching Big Data: Experiences, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions," by Betsy Page Sigman, William Garr, Robert Pongsajapan, Marie Selvanadin, Kristin Bolling, and Greg Marsh, Georgetown University.

The authors discern what constitutes Big Data, the tools that have arisen to analyze it, and make a case for Big Data education. [read more]

Ecommerce. "Born Free: How the Origins and Advancement of Open-Source Software through Sharing Will Uphold the Values of Free Software," by Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Julie E. Kendall and Kenneth E. Kendall, Rutgers University; Brett Young, Georgia Gwinnett College.

The authors review the types of free software and what it means in today's world. [read more]

Regions News.

Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education Call for Papers (p. 21-22).

2014 Program Chair's message and Annual Meeting section.

2013 Annual Meeting Wrap-Up and Awards.




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Volume 44, Issue 4, Pages 615-812. bmi - bmii. August 2013

The latest issue of Decision Sciences in now available on Wiley Online Library.



IN THIS ISSUE (pages 615-618)
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/deci.12037


Learning and Open Source Software License Choice (pages 619-643)
Gang Peng, Jifeng Mu and C. Anthony Di Benedetto
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/deci.12036

Capacity Investment and Product Line Decisions of a Multiproduct Leader and a Focus Strategy Entrant (pages 645-678)
H. Müge Yayla-Küllü
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/deci.12035

Transaction-Specific Investments, Relational Norms, and ERP Customer Satisfaction: A Mediation Analysis (pages 679-711)
Fujun Lai, Xiaolin Li and Vincent S. Lai
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/deci.12033

The Effects of Strategic and Structural Supply Chain Orientation on Operational and Customer-Focused Performance (pages 713-753)
Pankaj C. Patel, Arash Azadegan and Lisa M. Ellram
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/deci.12034

Understanding Drivers of Risk-Adjusted Performance for Service Firms with International Operations (pages 755-783)
B. Elango, Srinivas (Sri) Talluri and G. Tomas M. Hult
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/deci.12032

Research Notes

Channel Structure Design for Complementary Products under a Co-Opetitive Environment (pages 785-796)
Hubert Pun
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/deci.12031

Guidelines for Improving the Power Values of Statistical Tests for Nonresponse Bias Assessment in OM Research (pages 797-812)
Toyin Clottey and W. C. Benton Jr.
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/deci.12030

Forthcoming Articles

Articles Forthcoming in Future Issues (pages bmi-bmii)
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/deci.12047

Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education (DSJIE): Volume 11 No. 4

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Call for Papers

The Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education (DSJIE) is soliciting submissions for two special issues:

"Rethinkng Undergraduate Business Education: In the Classroom and Beyond"
(submission deadline June 1, 2014)

"Educational Innovation and Reform in the Decision Sciences Using Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Practices"
(submission deadline August 1, 2014).

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Current News

lattaIt is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Decision Sciences Institute Executive Director Carol Latta on June 3, 2013. Since 1977 and her appointment as executive director in 1986, Carol worked tirelessly for the Institute. Her administrative leadership and organizational skills were instrumental in DSI becoming recognized as a premier academic association. Through her selfless and gracious demeanor, she was a true friend and colleague to all Institute officers and members with whom she served.

DSI Board members have approved a new annual award in Carol’s name that will recognize early career scholars in the decision sciences who have served the Institute and its goals. (See more information on the award and making contributions to the Carol J. Latta Memorial Fund.)

See Carol's obituary and remembrances. You are invited to sign the family's online guestbook.

At the DSI Board meeting held June 8-9, immediate past president E. Powell Robinson of the University of Houston was appointed interim executive director.

[Photo above: Carol Latta (right) with Nada Sanders at the 2012 DSI Annual Meeting.]


The following DSI officer positions are to be filled with the terms beginning April 1, 2014. The officer position and nominees, as indicated below, were approved at the January 18, 2014 DSI Board Meeting. The qualification statement of each nominee will be published in the upcoming issue of Decision Line.

Additional nominations may be made within 30 days after publication of the slate of candidates submitted. Each additional nomination must be made by petition, signed by at least five percent (5%) of the Members, and submitted to the Secretary (through the Home Office), except in the case of the Vice Presidents for the Regional Divisions, where additional nominations may be made upon petition, signed by at least five percent (5%) of the Regional Division's Members. At the conclusion of this 30-day period (March 8, 2014), election ballots with a biographical sketch of each nominee, will be sent to the DSI membership for electronic voting.

Manoj Malhotra, University of South Carolina
Morgan Swink, Texas Christian University

Janelle Heineke, Boston University
Quinton Nottingham, Virginia Tech

VP European Division
Constantine Blome, Louvain School of Management

VP for Global Activities
Mehmet Barut, Wichita State University
Gyula Vastag, Szechenyi University, Gyor, Hungary

VP Member Services
Hope Baker, Kennesaw State University

VP Professional Development
Ken Boyer, The Ohio State University
Q.B. Chung, Villanova University

Note from Decision Sciences Editor Asoo Vakharia (January 2013): Since citations play some role in the external recognition for a journal, we have posted an Excel file showing the top 100 articles published in DSJ in terms of number of citations for the period 2002-2012 (i.e., last ten years). There are two worksheets in the attached file: (a) the first one has the articles sorted in decreasing order of total citations; and (b) the second one has the articles sorted in decreasing order of the average citations since the date of publication through 2012. I do hope this data is useful. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Asoo J. Vakharia
McClatchy Professor
Editor, Decision Sciences Journal
Department of Information Systems & Operations Management
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32611-7169
(352) 392-8571

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