Alpha Iota Delta
Alpha Iota Delta, the International Honor Society in the Decision Sciences and
by Mehmet Ulema, Manhattan College
It has been a while since an article about Alpha Iota Delta appeared in Decision Line, so I think it is time to revisit the salient features and facts about this international honor society in our fields.
Alpha Iota Delta is the international honor society, sponsored by the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), in decision sciences and information systems. It was formed by a group of members of the DSI, 40 years ago in 1971. The purposes of the honor society (as stated in its by-laws) are:
- To confer distinction for academic excellence in the decision sciences and information systems
- To promote the infusion of the functional and behavioral areas of business with the tools, concepts, and methodologies of the decision sciences and information systems
- To promote professional fellowship among students, faculty and administrators, and others in the larger community who share a common interest in the development of the decision sciences and information systems.
The goals and vision of DSI and Alpha Iota Delta are intertwined. DSI was established to provide a focus on the integration of research in the art and science of managerial decision making across traditional functional academic disciplines. Alpha Iota Delta's interest in the integration of research in decision making can be found, in part, in an excerpt from an Alpha Iota Delta Initiation Ritual which addresses the meaning of the Greek letters (Alpha), (Iota), and (Delta):
- ALPHA represents the beginning. It not only signifies the beginning of a career in the decision sciences and/or information systems but also it signifies a commitment to leadership. A leader develops guiding ideas and articulates them deliberately, demonstrating philosophical depth and recognizing the process as ongoing. The meaning, and sometimes the expression, of these guiding ideas evolve as people reflect and talk about them, and as they are applied to guide decisions and actions.
- IOTA represents integration, both of knowledge and also of concept. The synergy between theories, methods, and tools lies at the heart of any field of human endeavor that truly builds knowledge. The continuous cycle of creating theories, developing and applying practical methods and tools based on the theories, leading to new insights that improve the theories—is the primary engine of growth in decision sciences and computer information systems.
- DELTA is the universal symbol for change. It signifies that the initiate will respond to change with rationality and logic.
Alpha Iota Delta continues to be linked to DSI and supports those activities of DSI, which are aimed at student involvement in the disciplines of interest to the Institute. An annual meeting of Alpha Iota Delta is held each November in conjunction with the annual meeting of DSI.
Alpha Iota Delta also publishes the International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences (IJADS) in cooperation with Inderscience Publishers in the United Kingdom. The flagship journal of Alpha Iota Delta, IJADS is a double-blind refereed international journal whose focus is to promote the infusion of the functional and behavioral areas of business with the concepts and methodologies of the decision sciences and information systems. The editorial board of IJADS is comprised of over 80 renowned scholars and researchers from 20 different countries. The Editor-in-Chief of IJADS is Madjid Tavana (for more details, see www.inderscience.com/ijads).
When an invitation to membership arrives, it truly is a matter of honor, reflecting exceptional academic achievement and, perhaps, outstanding campus leadership and service. It is an honor typically bestowed upon students by faculty, and it provides lifetime distinction. Through the society and DSI, the member can maintain currency in fields of interest through conferences, publications, and other services. There are four classes of membership:
- Undergraduate students
- Graduate students
- Members of a sponsoring institution's faculty, research or administrative staff
To be eligible for election as a student by a chapter of the international honor society, the nominee must have completed the equivalent of four (4) decision sciences and information systems courses and have evidence of high academic scholarship, have evidence of service to the institution and/or community, and have high ethical and moral ideals.
Chapters of Alpha Iota Delta can be established, maintained, or reactivated only in U.S. colleges and universities that grant baccalaureate or advanced degrees and that are accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. In addition, international chapters may be established according to uniform criteria determined by the Board of Directors. At present, the honor society has 54 chapters at universities all across the United States and Canada, with a total membership in excess of 6,000.
For more information about Alpha Iota Delta, please visit the alphaiotadelta.com or contact Gregory Ulferts, Executive Director, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221 ((313) 993-1219, firstname.lastname@example.org).