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 this topic which dominate much contemporary management literature on IT.
`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 and marketing management, and social theory.'
Martin Brigham, Warwick Business School, ITP, 11,2
1: Introduction: The Problematic of IT and Organization (Brian P. Bloomfield, Rod Coombs, David Knights, and Dale Littler
Part I: Strategies and Markets
David Knights, Faith Noble, and Hugh Willmott: 2: 'We Should be Total Slaves to the Business': Aligning IT and Strategy - Issues and Evidence
David Knights and Fergus Murray: 3: Markets, Managers, and Messages: Managing Information Systems in Financial Services
Dominic Wilson, Dale Littler, and Margaret Bruce: 4: Paradigm Thinking and Strategy Development: Marketing Strategy in IT Sectors
Part II: Integrating Technology and Organization
Brian P. Bloomfield and Theo Vurdubakis: 5: Paper Traces: Inscribing Organizations and IT
Brian P. Bloomfield and Rod Coombs: 6: Doctors as Managers: Constructing Systems and Users in the NHS
Part III: Networks
David Knights, Fergus Murray, and Hugh Willmott: 7: Networking as Knowledge Work: A Study of Strategic Interorganizational Development in the Financial Service Industry
Fergus Murray and Hugh Willmott: 8: Putting IT in its Place: Towards Flexible Integration in the Network Age?
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.82
Weight (kg): 0.28