Information Technology and Organizations: Strategies, Networks, and Integration

Paperback | November 1, 1999

EditorBrian P. Bloomfield, Rod Coombs, David Knights

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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 socialscience 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 criticalorganization 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 this topic which dominate much contemporary management literature on IT.

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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 socialscience perspective on these issues, and are prima...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198296118

ISBN - 13:9780198296119

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Table of Contents

1: Introduction: The Problematic of IT and Organization (Brian P. Bloomfield, Rod Coombs, David Knights, and Dale LittlerPart I: Strategies and MarketsDavid Knights, Faith Noble, and Hugh Willmott: 2: 'We Should be Total Slaves to the Business': Aligning IT and Strategy - Issues and EvidenceDavid Knights and Fergus Murray: 3: Markets, Managers, and Messages: Managing Information Systems in Financial ServicesDominic Wilson, Dale Littler, and Margaret Bruce: 4: Paradigm Thinking and Strategy Development: Marketing Strategy in IT SectorsPart II: Integrating Technology and OrganizationBrian P. Bloomfield and Theo Vurdubakis: 5: Paper Traces: Inscribing Organizations and ITBrian P. Bloomfield and Rod Coombs: 6: Doctors as Managers: Constructing Systems and Users in the NHSPart III: NetworksDavid Knights, Fergus Murray, and Hugh Willmott: 7: Networking as Knowledge Work: A Study of Strategic Interorganizational Development in the Financial Service IndustryFergus Murray and Hugh Willmott: 8: Putting IT in its Place: Towards Flexible Integration in the Network Age?

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`At the time of writing the volume is only available in hardback. This is unfortunate ... because it is a volume that would be a valuable addition of the bookshelves of anyone interested in understanding and advancing debates in organizational behaviour, information systems, strategic andmarketing management, and social theory.'Martin Brigham, Warwick Business School, ITP, 11,2