Using Dempster-Shafer theory and real options theory to assess competing strategies for implementing IT infrastructures: a case study

C Hilhorst, PMA (Piet) Ribbers, Eric van Heck, M Smits

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This paper discusses the selection of a preferred strategy for implementing an IT infrastructure from a range of competing alternatives. The model presented here combines the use of an evidential reasoning approach based on the Dempster-Shafer theory of belief functions with real options analysis. We discuss the combined use of both theories and show that combining the Dempster-Shafer theory with real options analysis provides flexible support that takes account of the multi-dimensional nature of implementation decisions. We also go into the fundamental requirements that need to be met when selecting a strategy for implementing an IT infrastructure. We conclude by outlining a number of the model's limitations.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)344-355
Number of pages12
JournalDecision Support Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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