This paper describes a microeconomic theory-based tool, called cost analysis, which can be used in MIS research to develop guidance for systems analysts and information resource managers. An example of this guidance is a matrix of decision making contexts versus appropriate MIS/DSS support. Systems analysts can use this matrix to help identify appropriate MIS/DSS design alternatives. Information resource managers can use this matrix to help plan for the proper evolution of MIS/DSS support.
Cooper, Randolph B., "Identifying Appropriate MIS/DSS Support: A Cost Analysis Approach" (1985). ICIS 1985 Proceedings. 15.