Coordinating Decision Making in Large Organizations

William P. Birmingham, Joseph G. D'Ambrosio, Tim Darr, and Ed Durfee

We believe that separation of economic decisions from feasibility decisions is a necessity for achieving organizational goals in a timely manner. In this paper we describe an approach that coordinates both causal and economic decisions of an organization. Concurrency is enhanced as economic decisions can be made without causal information, and the results of these decisions can be used to guide the causal decision makers. The causal decision makers can proceed, for the most part, in parallel since economic interdependencies have been eliminated.

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