How Societies Embrace Information Technology Lessons for Management and the Rest of Us

ISBN-10: 0470534982
ISBN-13: 9780470534984
Edition: 2009
Authors: James W. Cortada
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Book details

List price: $53.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This book discusses how computers are shaping contemporary society, with a tight focus on the role of corporations and governments. It is aimed at government policymakers interested in economic development and at private-sector managers who routinely make decisions to acquire and use information technology, now a worldwide expenditure of over2 trillion annually. The book will also interest a wide range of academics concerned with the sociology, history, economics, and the effects of IT on contemporary society, ands to the general trade market.

Preface
Introducing the Big Picture
The presence of information technology
Megatrends at work
How societies use technology to shape their world
Notes and references
How Computers Spread Around the World So Fast
Definitions and issues
Government-supported/private-sector-driven model
National champion model
Asian private-sector-driven model
Planned economy: public policy model
Industry-driven model
Corporate diffusion model
Application diffusion model
Technology-standards diffusion model
Patterns, Practices, and implications
Notes and references
How Governments Leverage Information Technologies to Improve Their National Economies
A brief historical reminder
Economic development in a connected world: the big picture
How governments use it to encourage economic development
What motivates governments to encourage their citizens and economics to use it?
Emerging strategies for the most advanced nations compared to repidly advancing nations
The special role of labor
Global recession, twenty-first century style
Implications for public officials
Implications for business leaders
The way forward with policies and practices
Notes and references
How Managers and Officials Decide What Technology to Use
The kinds of decisions made by managers
Types of justifications
Managerial practices
Some possible less effective practices
Special role of industries
Path forward
Notes and references
Adding Up the Results So Far: Do We Now Live in the Information Age?
Why naming an age is a useful exercise and so hard to do
What historians can teach us about the process
The case against the information age
Can we coexist on the frontiers of a new age?
Lessons for management and a strategy for change
Concluding thoughts
Notes and references
An Expanding Role for Scientists and Engineers
The rise of the computer scientist
Their future world
An old role made new
Notes and references
Looking Down the Road into the Twenty-First Century
How to see the future of an industry
Knowing how information technology is evoluving
A strategy for managers and public officials
Special role of the computer science community
The ultimate trend
Notes and references
Keeping Up: Bibliography Essay
The big picture
How computers spread around the world
Governments leveraging it for economic development
Deciding what technology to use
Living in the information age
Role of technologists
Into the twenty-first century
Index

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