An Evaluation of Empirical Research in Managerial Support Systems
Decision Support Systems, 6 (1990) 203-226
24 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2015 Last revised: 9 Dec 2016
Date Written: May 21, 1990
This paper describes, summarizes and comments on the empirical studies in the use of three information technologies to support managerial activities: decision support systems (DSS), group decision support systems (GDSS), and expert systems (ES). These are collectively labelled as managerial support systems (MSS). A classification scheme to organize empirical research in MSS is proposed. An overview of empirical work on two major research themes, namely MSS "design" and "effects of use" of MSS, is then presented for the years 1981-1988. Following this overview, the research strategies suitable for empirical research in MSS are discussed. The paper concludes with suggestions about future research directions in the field.
Keywords: Decision support systems, Group decision support systems, Expert systems, Decision support aids, Effects of support systems use, Design of support systems, Review of empirical DSS research, DSS research strategies
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