A metalanguage design for sessions with group decision support systems

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This paper proposes a metalanguage for representing communication among participants in a session of a group decision support system (GDSS). Such a vehicle can be used for setting standards and designing specific user interfaces with GDSS. Three different roles of participants are identified: chairperson, chauffeur and regular participant. The tasks and activities of each role are analyzed. Based on the analysis, communications requirements are derived. The requirements lead to a design of a metalanguage consisting of 15 different commands. The paper concludes by displaying the structure and syntax of each command. The work described here is conceptual and could be considered as a proposal for GDSS language design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-169
Number of pages19
JournalComputer Science in Economics and Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1989


  • Group decision support system
  • formal languages
  • group decision support language


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