Information for Innovation: Managing Change from an Information Perspective

Paperback | September 1, 2000

byStuart Macdonald

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Information is not taken seriously. Much is said about the information age, the information economy, the information society, and particularly about information technology, but little about information itself. Information is not as other good: it has some very odd characteristics, convenientlyoverlooked by senior managers passionate about knowledge-based, learning organizations; by politicians and public servants, compensating with policy and programme for the information failure of organizationa and market; and by the IT and dotcom communities, bent on adding value to what they treat asjust a commodity. This book looks at innovation from an information perspective; one that puts information first. Its information perspective is applied to eighteenth-century agriculture and high technology, to technology transfer and espionage, to corporate strategy and intellectual property. The results areintriguing.

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Information is not taken seriously. Much is said about the information age, the information economy, the information society, and particularly about information technology, but little about information itself. Information is not as other good: it has some very odd characteristics, convenientlyoverlooked by senior managers passionate ab...

Stuart Macdonald is Professor of Information and Organization at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Technology and the Tyranny of Export Controls: Whisper Who Dares (Macmillan, 1990) and (with Ernest Braun) Revolution in Miniature: The History and Impact of Semiconductor Electronics (Cambridge University Press, 1982).

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199241473

ISBN - 13:9780199241477

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Table of Contents

Part I: Information and TheoryChapter 1: The Nature of InformationChapter 2: Change and InnovationChapter 3: Sources of Information for Change and InnovationChapter 4: The Flow of InformationChapter 5: The Mixing of InformationPart II: Information and PracticeChapter 6: Resistance to Information: The Organization and the Independent InventorChapter 7: Information Intrigue: Controlling the Flow of InformationChapter 8: Information Innocence: High-Technology Policy and Technology ParksChapter 9: Transfer without Transaction: Policy for Information AcquisitionChapter 10: Hidden Information Flow: Innovation in Eighteenth-Century AgricultureChapter 11: The Illusion of Order: Innovation and the Patent SystemChapter 12: Information and Control: Strategic Change in the OrganizationConcluding Thoughts

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Information for Innovation, by MacDonald is an interesting book, providing a fresh new perspective on a topic of particular interest to economies possessing ever more increasing knowledge intensive production processes. It is illustrated by a very broad and diverse range of examples, thatdemonstrate the general applicability of the chosen approach. Marcus Hagermeister, Information Economics and Policy, 2000