Information Technology and Organizational Transformation: History, Rhetoric and Preface (Sociological Observations)

Information Technology and Organizational Transformation: History, Rhetoric and Preface (Sociological Observations)

By: John Van Maanen (editor), JoAnne Yates (editor)Hardback

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This book provides one of the first clear-headed assessments of information technology and organizational transformation. Its virtue is not so much in its recognition of the importance of the subject; speculations on this topic have been rampant for more than a decade. Rather, it is unusual and unusually useful, because it avoids speculation in favor of conceptually coherent accounts grounded in empirical study of actual organizations. The chapters contained in this volume move beyond the superficial glorification of information technology as an extraordinary instrument of social change, and straight to the heart of the mechanisms of change as they play out in everyday organizational life. In the process, they reaffirm that the real story of information technology in organizations is more about people than about technology. Taken together, they provide an important contribution to the intellectual foundations of one of the most interesting developments in decades. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION consists of three parts. The first consists of studies that take an historical perspective on informational technology and organizational transformation. The second set of chapters deals with the rhetoric of information technology and organizational transformation. The third section concerns the practices that emerge when a new information technology is made available to organizational members. Do practices change? How so? These are the questions that in our view are central to any serious consideration of organizational transformation.

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About Author

Van Maanen holds a BA in political science from California State University, Long Beach, as well as an MS in social administration and a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Irvine.

Contents

Preface - John King Introduction - JoAnne Yates and John Van Maanen PART ONE: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION Introduction - JoAnne Yates and John Van Maanen The Role of Information Technology in the Transformation of Work - Susan J Winter and S Lynne Taylor A Comparison of Post-Industrial, Industrial and Proto-Industrial Organization Information Technology and Organizational Change in the British Census, 1801-1911 - Martin Campbell Kelly Texas Politics and the Fax Revolution - Jonathan Coopersmith PART TWO: THE RHETORIC OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION Introduction - John Van Maanen and JoAnne Yates Computerization Movements - Suzanne Iacono and Robert Kling The Rise of the Internet and Distant Forms of Work Politically Wired - Charles Bazerman The Changing Places of Political Participation in the Age of the Internet Information Technology in a Culture of Complaint - John R Weeks Derogation, Deprecation and the Appropriationn of Organizational Transformation PART THREE: THE PRACTICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION Introduction - John Van Maanen and JoAnne Yates Big Brother Goes Portable - Brian Pentland Enduser Computing in the Internal Revenue Service Information Technology in the Police Context - Peter K Manning The 'Sailor' Phone Improvising Organizational Transformation over Time - Wanda J Orlikowski A Situated Change Perspective Transforming Work through Information Technology - Daniel Robey and Sundeep Sahay A Comparative Case Study of Geographic Information Systems in County Government Steps toward an Ecology of Infrastructure - Susan Leigh Star and Karen Ruhleder Design and Access for Large Information Spaces

Product Details

  • publication date: 02/02/2001
  • ISBN13: 9780761923015
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 383
  • ID: 9780761923015
  • weight: 612
  • ISBN10: 0761923012

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