Information Technology and Organizational Transformation: History, Rhetoric and Preface (Sociological Observations)

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This book provides one of the first clear-headed assessments of information technology and organizational transformation. Its virtue is not so much in its recognition of the importance of the subject; speculations on this topic have been rampant for more than a decade. Rather, it is unusual and unusually useful, because it avoids speculation in favor of conceptually coherent accounts grounded in empirical study of actual organizations. The chapters contained in this volume move beyond the superficial glorification of information technology as an extraordinary instrument of social change, and straight to the heart of the mechanisms of change as they play out in everyday organizational life. In the process, they reaffirm that the real story of information technology in organizations is more about people than about technology. Taken together, they provide an important contribution to the intellectual foundations of one of the most interesting developments in decades.

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Van Maanen holds a BA in political science from California State University, Long Beach, as well as an MS in social administration and a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Irvine.

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" A fascinating and challenging set of essays, this book will be of use to anyone interested in the ongoing development of organizations as they adopt new electronic technologies."   -- David Morton (12/01/2001)

"A fascinating and challenging set of essays, this book will be of use to anyone interested in the ongoing development of organizations as they adopt new electronic technologies." -- David Morton (12/01/2001)

"A fascinating and challenging set of essays, this book will be of use to anyone interested in the ongoing development of organizations as they adopt new electronic technologies." --David Morton (12/01/2001)

"The chapters move beyond the superficial glorification of technology as an instrument of social change and go straight to the heart of mechanisms of changeas they act as an instrument of social change."--Abstract of Public Administration Development and Environment"Indiana University" (04/16/2007)"

"A fascinating and challenging set of essays, this book will be of use to anyone interested in the ongoing development of organizations as they adopt new electronic technologies."

--David Morton (12/01/2001)

"The chapters move beyond the superficial glorification of technology as an instrument of social change and go straight to the heart of mechanisms of change as they act as an instrument of social change."--Abstract of Public Administration Development and Environment"Indiana University" (04/16/2007)

-A fascinating and challenging set of essays, this book will be of use to anyone interested in the ongoing development of organizations as they adopt new electronic technologies.-

--David Morton (12/01/2001)

-The chapters move beyond the superficial glorification of technology as an instrument of social change and go straight to the heart of mechanisms of change as they act as an instrument of social change.---Abstract of Public Administration Development and Environment-Indiana University- (04/16/2007)

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