"This book attempts to make sense of a new area of integrated study, namely information systems and information technology (IS/IT) and the organization. It also aims to bring this mix into the broader theme of complexity as applied to organization and management and to draw useful conclusions about how to organize and how to manage IS/IT in the knowledge era. The author argues in favor of a more action-oriented - as opposed to planning dominated - approach to information systems management."
"'Rodrigo Magalhaes guides us through the history of IS/IT, management theories and organisational concepts. He presents his views on IS/IT implementation, advocating a holistic approach that brings together the organisational culture, the social capital and the dynamics of complex systems. This is a well-structured piece of interpretive research, which certainly provides food for thought. If you want to learn about IS/IT and how it fits in with different management models, buy the book!' - Ana Neves, portal KMOL (www kmol.online.pt) 'If you're looking for simple solutions and quick fixes, this book isn't for you. And if you are, you're going to find that they don't work anyway. So read this book. Magalhaes brings together insights from the fields of information systems, organisation studies, knowledge management, strategy and innovation, and synthesises them into a work designed to make you think and reflect deeply on why it is that information technology's impacts on organisations are full of opportunity and promise, and yet at the same time, full of surprises and unintended consequences - often leading to failure. Magalhaes's analysis and trans-disciplinary approach unearths the complexity of the topic and provides a thought provoking set of lessons that we would do well to consider and apply.' - Robert Galliers, Bentley College, US 'An enjoyable, thought-provoking book. It is a road map to the many disciplines involved with developing contemporary theories of the organisation. More importantly, it is also a serious academic attempt to create a stable conceptual platform upon which information scientists and information technologists can cooperate, to design and implement information systems that truly meet the demands of their users.' - Ana Maria R. Correia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal 'Rodrigo Magalhaes's masterly study of the concepts and theories that have been proposed at the junction of information systems, management, and organization theory clears much of the mist on the topic of organizational knowledge and points out one of the most promising avenues for research and practice. The action oriented perspective advocated in this book does take the debate forward with a set of sophisticated theoretical propositions. Remarkable for its clarity of analysis of a complex interdisciplinary area, this book makes an exceptionally informative resource for academics, their students, and intelligent professionals alike.' - Chrisanthi Avgerou, London School of Economics, UK"