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Organizations and Technical Change : Strategy, Objectives and Involvement - David A. Preece

Organizations and Technical Change

Strategy, Objectives and Involvement

Paperback Published: 1st June 1995
ISBN: 9780415101868
Number Of Pages: 272

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Organizations and Technical Change examines the social and managerial processes behind the adoption of new technology. Expanding on his earlier book, Managing the Adoption of New Technology, David Preece has thoroughly updated his study to examine the key issues of flexibility, choice and the impact of social processes both within and without the organization. Four detailed case studies illustrate the main stages of initiation, progression, feasibility, investment decision, planning systems, design, strategy, objectives and participation. Changes which have occurred since the earlier stage of adoption in the 1980s are also highlighted. This text will be of interest to those involved in management and information technology systems as well as those who wish to have an easily accessible international view of how firms relate to the challenges of new technologies in the 1990s. Organizations and Technical Change examines the social and managerial processes behind the adoption of new technology. Expanding on his earlier book, Managing the Adoption of New Technology, David Preece has thoroughly updated his study to examine the key issues of flexibility, choice and the impact of social processes both within and without the organization. Four detailed case studies illustrate the main stages of initiation, progression, feasibility, investment decision, planning systems, design, strategy, objectives and participation. Changes which have occurred since the earlier stage of adoption in the 1980s are also highlighted. This text will be of interest to those involved in management and information technology systems as well as those who wish to have an easily accessible international view of how firms relate to the challenges of new technologies in the 1990s.

1Introduction Part I Adopting new technology 2 Adopting new technology: managerial strategies 3 Why is new technology introduced? 4 Adoping new technology: processes of involvement Part II Case studies in new technology adoption 5 Bramley Building Society 6 Park Hill Building Society 7 Don Ltd 8 Meadows & Butler 9 Conclusion

List of figures, List of tables, Preface, Acknowledgements, 1Introduction, Outline of the book, A note on methodology, Part I Adopting new technology, 2 Adopting new technology: managerial strategies, Definitions and problems, Why should managers have a strategy for new technology adoption?,Do managers have strategies for new technology adoption?, Where does that leave us?, New technology and organizational strategy, Strategies at the technology lever, Labour strategies, Conclusion, 3 Why is new technology introduced?, Financial and economic objectives,Business and technical objectives, Social and organizational objectives, Why studying objectives is not a straightforward matter, Conclusion, 4 Adoping new technology: processes of involvement, Managers and staff specialists, Employees, Conclusion, Part II Case studies in new technology adoption, 5 Bramley Building Society, The organization and its context, The technological changes, New technology objectives, The process of adoption of new technology, Managing the social and organizational aspects of adoption, Key developments since 1986/7, 6 Park Hill Building Society, The organization, The technological changes, New technology objectives, The process of adoption of new technology, Managing the social and organizational aspects of adoption, Key developments since 1986/7, 7 Don Ltd, The organization and its context, The technological changes, New technology objectives,The process of adoption of new technology, Managing the social and organizational aspects of adoption, Key developments since 1986/7, 8 Meadows & Butler, The organization and its context, The technological changes, New technology objectives, The process of adoption of new technology, Managing the social and organizational aspects of adoption, Key developments since 1986/7, 9 Conclusion, Issues raised by the case studies, Adopting new technology: social, managerial and organizational processes, Notes, Bibliography, Index l

ISBN: 9780415101868
ISBN-10: 0415101867
Series: Routledge series in the management of technology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st June 1995
Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.7  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised