How Societies Embrace Information Technology: Lessons for Management and the Rest of Us

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 2, 2010 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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This book discusses how computers are shaping contemporary society, with a tight focus on the role of corporations and governments. It is aimed at government policymakers interested in economic development and at private-sector managers who routinely make decisions to acquire and use information technology, now a worldwide expenditure of over $2 trillion annually. The book will also interest a wide range of academics concerned with the sociology, history, economics, and the effects of IT on contemporary society, ands to the general trade market.
 

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Contents

1 Introducing the Big Picture
1
2 How Computers Spread Around the World So Fast
27
3 How Governments Leverage Information Technologies to Improve Their National Economies
71
4 How Managers and Officials Decide What Technology to Use
129
5 Adding Up the Results So Far Do We Now Live in the Information Age?
163
6 An Expanding Role for Scientists and Engineers
191
7 Looking Down the Road into the TwentyFirst Century
223
8 Keeping Up Bibliographic Essay
257
Index
267
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James W. Cortada has thirty-five years of experience with IBM in various sales, consulting, and managerial positions related to information technology and its use. In particular, he helped design and deploy processes related to employee skills development, including IBM's worldwide consultant skills certification process, sales processes, and specialized training seminars. An author of more than fifty books on the management and history of information technology, Cortada's work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean.

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