Computer systems selection: The graphical cost-benefit approach

Peretz Shoval, Yaacov Lugasi

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A graphical cost-benefit approach to computer systems selection is presented. Using a cost-benefit graph the decision maker can select among alternative computer systems while considering not only the cost/benefit ratio, but also the relative importance of the benefit and cost factors in a given situation. In order to utilize the graphical approach, cost values of the alternatives have to be transformed onto a normalized-cost scale. Various transformation methods, which are based on linear, subjective and utility theory approaches, are discussed. We recommend the use of the graphical cost-benefit approach in conjunction with a cost transformation based on the utility model; this allows incorporation of risk and uncertainty consideration into the selection process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-172
Number of pages10
JournalInformation and Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989


  • Computer system selection
  • Decision making styles
  • Eigenvector model
  • Evaluation models
  • Risk and uncertainty
  • Utility model
  • costg-benefit analysis


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