Excellence examples and PhD in Dashboards / Business Intelligence Interface

Very quick query,
I've been inundated with queries from UK&I members that have been interested specifically in the use of Excelsius as a means to raise the 'wow' factor when looking at Web Intelligence, BEX, ERP and even using Excel in classes but increasingly there is a trend both to treat dashboard design as a discipline in its own right and also to see if any research has been conducted in the area...
Two elements stand out. Firstly is there a body of work that doesn't fall within the remit of 'graphic design' or the visual arts that refers to dashboards but focuses on the impact that dashboards have on the quality of interpretation or even misinterpretation of information. Secondly - does anyone know of PhD level studies that have been undertaken looking at dashboards and the interpretation of serious analyses conducted using dashboards and in particular any research into how such dashboards can affect such analyses?
There is clearly a great deal of interest in the visual appeal of Excelsius but there is certainly a trend to see how that visual layer interacts with the quality of data beneath...
All the best
Martin Gollogly
Director, University Alliances
United Kingdom, Ireland and Benelux

Hi Martin,
One popular theory frequently used in this context is cognitive fit theory.
The website http://www.fsc.yorku.ca/york/istheory/wiki/index.php/Cognitive_fit_theory provides a list of IS articles that use this theory. Most do not directly refer to dashboards, but some may be helpful..

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