Information technology and organizations : strategies, networks, and integration / edited by Brian P. Bloomfield [and others].

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
viii, 186 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


Summary note
  • This book is concerned with the ways in which organizations design, build and use information technology systems. In particular it looks at the interactions between these IT-centred activities and the broader management processes within organizations. The authors adopt a critical social science perspective on these issues, and are primarily concerned with advancing theoretical debates on how best to understand the related processes of technological and organizational change.
  • To this end, the book examines and deploys recent work on power/knowledge, actor-network theory and critical organization theory. The result is an account of the nature and significance of information systems in organizations which is an alternative perspective to the pragmatic and recipe-based approaches to these issues which dominate much contemporary management literature on IT.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. Introduction: The Problematic of Information Technology and Organization / Brian P. Bloomfield, Rod Coombs and David Knights [et al.]
  • 2. 'We Should Be Total Slaves to the Business': Aligning Information Technology and Strategy - Issues and Evidence / David Knights, Faith Noble and Hugh Willmott
  • 3. Markets, Managers, and Messages: Managing Information Systems in Financial Services / David Knights and Fergus Murray
  • 4. Paradigm Thinking and Strategy Development: Marketing Strategy in Information and Communication Technology Sectors / Dominic Wilson, Dale Littler and Margaret Bruce
  • 5. Paper Traces: Inscribing Organizations and Information Technology / Brian P. Bloomfield and Theo Vurdubakis
  • 6. Doctors as Managers: Constructing Systems and Users in the National Health Service / Brian P. Bloomfield, Rod Coombs and Jenny Owen [et al.] --
  • 7. Networking as Knowledge Work: A Study of Strategic Inter-Organizational Development in the Financial Services Industry / David Knights, Fergus Murray and Hugh Willmott
  • 8. Putting Information Technology in its Place: Towards Flexible Integration in the Network Age? / Fergus Murray and Hugh Willmott.
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