About Us


Complexity forms the essence of strategic decision making. The process of strategic decision making involve so many dimensions such that solutions and simplifications in one dimension cause problems and complexities in another. Strategic decision making is by its nature ill-structured, complex and yet very important for the success and survival of an organization. It is often difficult to cope with large volume of potentially important information in a dynamic environment. D-cide consultants can help you make tough decisions and minimize the uncertainties inherent in strategic decision-making through the strategic use of information technology. We formulate the problem, evaluate options and present the potential outcomes using the latest tools and technologies.

D-cide consultants help you meet the challenge of achieving world-class quality and productivity in the production and delivery of goods and services through effective information management and the development of enhanced decision-making processes. We place special emphasis on economic analysis and formal modeling of operational and strategic control problems associated with the design, production, and distribution of goods and services. Our consultants help you:

• focus on the processes that define an organization's outputs and are central to its competitive performance, including services and traditional areas of manufacturing and logistics,

• focus on the analytical and information technology-based methods for managing complex organizations,

• focus on the processes by which choices are made when it is difficult to compare outcomes in the face of uncertainty and when there are conflicting views and motivations of the principal stakeholders, and

• focus on understanding the strategic aspects of data, information, and knowledge in your organization.


Madjid Tavana

Madjid Tavana, Ph.D.


Madjid Tavana is a Professor of Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences and the Lindback Distinguished Chair of Information Systems at La Salle University where he served as Chairman of the Management Department and Director of the Center for Technology and Management. Dr. Tavana has been a Distinguished NASA Research Fellow in Aeronautics and Space Research at the Kennedy Space Center developing group decision support systems for future manned spaceflight operations. He has also been a Distinguished NASA Research Fellow in Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center developing decision support systems for the human exploration of Mars, integrated spacecraft command and control systems, real-time intelligent systems, automated flight control systems for the International Space Station, and benchmarking systems for global warming. Dr. Tavana has also been a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory developing network-centric command and control systems and a Distinguished Research Fellow in the Office of Naval Research at the Stennis Space Center developing mission planning and benchmarking systems. He was recently honored with the prestigious Space Act Award by NASA.

Dr. Tavana has been a Visiting Scholar at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Management at Rutgers University and a regular Visiting Professor at the Universität Paderborn in Germany and Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Et Management in France. Dr. Tavana has also been a Visiting Professor at the Lviv Institute of Management in Ukraine, Hansung University in Korea, Basel Business College in Switzerland, Universidad de las Américas and Universidad De La Salle in Mexico. He received his M.B.A. in Management Information Systems and Management Science from La Salle University and a Post-Master of Information Systems in Information Systems Design and Evaluation from Drexel University. Dr. Tavana completed his doctoral coursework in Systems Sciences at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania under Professor Russell Ackoff and received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the American University in London. He also received a Post-Doctoral Diploma in Strategic Decision Support Systems from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in Decision Support Systems, Multi-Criteria Decision Making, Decision Sciences, Systems Analysis and Design, Operations Research and Supply Chain Management.

Dr. Tavana has also been a consultant to several government agencies and corporations including NASA, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, ITT Defense Communication Systems, and Crown Cork and Seal. He is the President of Alpha Iota Delta International Honor Society for Decision Sciences and Information Systems. Dr. Tavana is the Editor-in-Chief for three international journals including the International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences, the International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems, and the International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences. He has published over seventy scholarly research papers in academic journals such as Decision Sciences, Information Systems, Interfaces, Annals of Operations Research, Omega, Information and Management, Expert Systems with Applications, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Computers and Operations Research, Knowledge Management Research and Practice, Computers and Industrial Engineering, Applied Soft Computing, Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, and Advances in Engineering Software, among others.


Kathryn Szabat , Ph.D.
Research Associate


Dr. Szabat is the Chairperson of the Management Department at La Salle University and an Adjunct Lecturer of Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a Visiting Professor at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Et Management in France. Dr. Szabat holds an MS and Ph.D. in Statistics with cognate field in Operations Research, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; her area of specialization is Prediction Analysis of Cross Classifications. In addition, her experience includes applications of Survey Research Methodology, Experimental Design and Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Model-Building, Decision Theory and Biostatistics.

Dr. Szabat provides statistical advice to numerous businesses, non-business and academic communities. Her most recent involvement has been in the areas of education and medicine. Dr. Szabat has been involved in projects directed by the No Child Left Behind Act, namely, the evaluation of School Partnership Initiatives, and the design and evaluation of a Parent Resource Call Center; she has served as a consultant in Clinical Trial Research, designing Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III Clinical Trials as well as analyzing Phase I Clinical Trial data. Previous projects include applications of Statistics in the Transportation Industry, the accounting and finance fields and the non-profit sector.

Dr. Szabat’s most recent collaborative applied research efforts include investigation of Academic Health Center strategic ventures, assessment of concept-mapping as an enabling technique for meaningful learning in accounting education, and evaluation of non-profit capacity building.


Dennis Kennedy, Ph.D.
Research Associate


Dr. Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems and Accounting at La Salle University. He has a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.B.A. and Ph.D.from Temple University. Currently he teaches Information Technology: Systems and Strategies. He has also taught courses and given seminars in financial accounting, strategic planning, organizational analysis, and production and operations management.

Dr Kennedy's area of specialization is earnings recognition and valuation in financial reporting, group decision making, group decision support system, distributed consensus building and the conceptual framework of accounting. He has published research in International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, Business Journal, Benchmarking: An International Journal, Information and Management, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Omega, Accounting Enquiries, Journal of Management Systems, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, and Interface. His consulting activities include strategic planning, the systems development life cycle, developing and reviewing IT systems budgets and metrics, the use of probabilistic phrases by financial strategy experts, and hiring executives and technical managers.


Mariya Sodenkamp, Ph.D.
Research Associate


Mariya Sodenkamp is on the Faculty of Business Information Systems and Applied Computer sciences at the University of Bamberg. She received her Ph.D. from University of Paderborn in Germany. She has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. Her research and consulting expertise are in Strategic Analysis, Multi-criteria Decision Making, Conflict Resolution, and Network Planning.


Kouroush Jenab, Ph.D.
Research Associate


Kouroush Jenab is a senior member of IEEE, IIE and SRE. He received his BSc from the IE Department at Isfahan University of Technology, the MSc from the IE Department at Tehran Polytechnic, and the PhD from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. He served as a senior Engineer/Manager in auto, and high-tech industries for 18 years. He joined National Research Council Canada as a research officer where he participated in several international research projects. He is Editor/Associate Editor of several International Journals in Engineering and Management Fields such as International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems, International Journal of Decision Sciences, International Journal of Engineering, International Journal of Industrial Engineering Computations. He has over 90 Journal and Conference papers published in highly ranked scientific journals. Currently, he is the Education Chair of Society of Reliability Engineering (SRE)-Ottawa Chapter.