The Fundamental Character of Decision Support Systems

  • Andrew M. McCosh
  • Michael S. Scott Morton


This book is about an area we call decision support systems (DSS), that is, supporting the decision processes of managers with flexible access to models and relevant information. This approach emphasizes analysis of key decisions with the aim of improving both the effectiveness and the efficiency of decision making. For the purposes of this book we are concentrating on decisions in which financial data play a particularly large part.


Decision Support System Operational Control Management Information System Fundamental Character Choice Phasis 
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  1. 1.
    The material that follows is closely based on: G. A. Gorry and M. S. S. Morton, “A Framework for Management Information Systems,” Sloan Management Review, Fall 1971.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Robert Anthony, Planning and Control Systems: A Framework for Analysis, (Boston: Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1965), p. 16.Google Scholar
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    H. A. Simon, The New Science of Management Decision (New York: Harper & Row, 1960), p. 6.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    This case is put well by G. A. Gorry, “Models and Managers,” Sloan Management Review (1971).Google Scholar
  5. 9.
    For example, G. A. Gorry, “Sequential Diagnosis by Computer” (with G. O. Barnett), Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 205 (September 16, 1968), pp. 849–54; M. S. S. Morton, “The Impact of Inter-active Visual Display Systems on the Management Planning Process” (with James Stephens), Proceedings of the IFIP Congress 68, Edinburgh, Scotland, August 1968; and T. P. Gerrity, “The Design of Man-Machine Decision Systems,” unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, M. I. T. Sloan School of Management, June, 1970CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 10.
    Ivan Flores, Data Structure and Management (Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice-Hall, 1970).Google Scholar
  7. 11.
    Charles Meadow, Analysis of Information Systems (New York: Wiley-Interscience, 1967).Google Scholar

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  • Michael S. Scott Morton

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