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Decision Making Process: A Collaborative Perspective

Pascale ZARATÉ
Université de Toulouse, INPT-IRIT
118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex 9, France

Abstract: The introduction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in organisations implies an evolution of the decision making processes. This evolution is analysed on a cognitive and organisational point of view. These processes are analysed and described. The necessity to cooperate is then shown and we finally underline the fact that new systems must be designed in order to support the decision making process.

Keywords: Decision Making, Decision Support Systems, Cooperative Decision Support Systems.

Pascale Zaraté is an assistant professor at Toulouse University (INPT). She conducts her research projects at the IRIT laboratory ( She holds a PhD in Computer Sciences / Decision Support from the LAMSADE laboratory at the Paris Dauphine University, Paris (1991). She also holds a Master degree in Computer Science from the Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France (1986); as well as a Bachelors degree Toulouse, France (1982). Pascale Zaraté’s current research interests include: distributed and asynchronous decision making processes; knowledge modelisation; cooperative knowledge based systems; cooperative decision making. Since 2000, she has been head of the Euro Working Group on DSS ( Since she obtained her PhD degree, she has edited a book, 9 special issues in several international journals and 4 proceedings of workshops. She published 29 papers, 10 of them in scientific international journals such as Journal of Decision Systems, Group Decision and Negotiation, EJOR. She has been elected expert review for the LACCIR foundation and the Science Academy of Czech Republic. In 2000 she was Co-President of the program committee of the COOP2002 conference. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of two International Journals: Journal of Decision Systems, ComSIS, Intelligent Decision Technologies and is associated editor of the Decision Support Systems Technology Journal. She is chairing the IFIP TC8/WG8.3 conference devoted to Collaborative Decision Making.

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Pascale ZARATÉ, Decision Making Process: A Collaborative Perspective, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 17 (2), pp. 225-230, 2008.