The Art of Supporting Decision-Making


  • Marco Cinelli Institute of Advanced Study Sustainable Materials Group, WMG Department University of Warwick Coventry CV4 7AL UK
  • Marco Cinelli Institute of Advanced Study & WMG, University of Warwick, UK



Decision making, Decision analysis, Decision aiding, Decision support, Multiple criteria, Stakeholders’ involvement


The provision of decision support methods and strategies is of primary importance to guarantee justifiable decision-making processes. Many of the experts and practitioners in this area gathered from 3 to 7 August 2015 at the 23rd Conference of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making at Helmut-Schmidt University in Germany. This critical reflection gathers the opinions and perspectives of eight leading scholars in the area of decision support, which were mostly video-recorded at this conference. The core findings of those interviews are summarized in this article, which focuses on (i) what Multiple Criteria Decision Making, Analysis and Aiding (MCDM/A) is, (ii) its main strengths and success factors, (iii) the recommended pathway to pursue a comprehensive understanding of MCDM/A; (iv) the main areas of application where MCDM/A is used; and (v) the recommended approaches to integrate MCDM/A in other research domains.


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Critical Reflections