Representing Organization: Knowledge, Management, and the Information Age

Paperback | June 9, 2005

bySimon Lilley, Geoffrey Lightfoot, Paulo Amaral M. N.

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This textbook provides an accessible theoretical analysis of the organizational impact of information technologies. It seeks to examine and comment upon the myriad ways in which actors, organizations, and environments are represented through these technologies. Contemporary threats to organizational form and stability are considered alongside the potential that information technologies offer to both exacerbateand overcome them. It examines, amongst others, issues surrounding the material and symbolic aspects of information systems; risk and prediction; systems implementation and systems success; knowledge management practices; accountability and other management practices; computerized modelling; and thevirtual organization. To this end it deploys a number of different theoretical lenses including: DT systems theoryDT social constructivismDT labour process theoryDT post-structuralismDT actor network theoryThese offer complementary and contrasting insights into the computerization of managerial work. In order to ensure that the book is both relevant and approachable to students from a range of backgrounds these theories are applied to real examples of the development and implementation of informationsystems. This combination fosters practical knowledge that is theoretically informed. The book thus aims to bridge the gap between the abstractions of current theories of organization and the grounded material that forms the bulk of Information Systems literature. It thus offers a novel way into theongoing debates surrounding technological change and the perennial problems of managerial control.It has been designed to support theoretically informed Information and Technology courses at the advanced undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and will also be of interest to academics in the fields of Management, Information Technology, Sociological, and Cultural studies.

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This textbook provides an accessible theoretical analysis of the organizational impact of information technologies. It seeks to examine and comment upon the myriad ways in which actors, organizations, and environments are represented through these technologies. Contemporary threats to organizational form and stability are considered al...

Simon Lilley is a Reader in Information and Organization at the Management Centre, University of Leicester. Simon studied for his first degree, in psychology, at University College London. His PhD, which considers the impact of computerisation on the management of oil refineries, was awarded by Edinburgh University, being funded by th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.56 inPublished:June 9, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Management, Information, and the Labour Process2. Information, Representation, and Organization3. The Conceptual Basis of Information Systems: Modelling the World4. Speaking for Information Systems: Analyzing and Prescribing Material Information5. Representation 2: Representation and Simulation6. New Management Practices: Empowerment, Information, and Control7. Accountability and Systems Success8. The Virtual Organization9. Representation 3: Risk, Control, and the Escape of Uncertainty10. Handling Knowledge ManagementPost-script