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Dan Power

Greetings to all of my friends who work in the area of computerized decision support. This blog is a way for me to share stories from my encounters related to decision support, to comment on industry events, and to comment on other blogger's comments, especially those of my friends on the Business Intelligence Network. I'll try to state my opinions clearly and provide an old professor's perspective on how computers and information technology are changing the world. Decision making has always been my focus, and it will be in this blog as well. Your comments, feedback and questions are welcomed.

About the author >

Daniel J. "Dan" Power is a Professor of Information Systems and Management at the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa and the editor of DSSResources.com, the Web-based knowledge repository about computerized systems that support decision making; the editor of PlanningSkills.com; and the editor of DSS News, a bi-weekly e-newsletter. Dr. Power's research interests include the design and development of decision support systems and how these systems impact individual and organizational decision behavior.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in Dan's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

by Daniel Power
Editor, DSSResources.com 

Actions of greedy and naive people caused the crisis. People built and implemented the computerized decision systems that made "bad" loans resulting in high loan default rates. Decision automation facilitated the fast, simplistic decisions and provided an aura of rationality for the "new" instant Web-based lending. Too many people believed the "hype" that automated lending decision making would be both beneficial and effective. Also, the apparent inevitability of competitors automating decisions blinded managers to the risks of adopting cleverly designed and poorly understood software systems. Let's review the facts about what happened.

Continue reading at http://dssresources.com/faq/index.php?action=artikel&id=299

Please cite as:

Power, D. "Did decision automation cause the subprime mortgage crisis?" Decision Support News, Vol.15, No. 7, March 30, 2014 at URL http://dssresources.com/newsletters/367.php .

Posted March 30, 2014 9:37 AM
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