From Control to Drift: The Dynamics of Corporate Information Infrastructures (Hardback)Claudio U. Ciborra (editor)
Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 15/06/2000
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Firms are investing considerable resources to create large information infrastructures able to fulfil their varied information-processing and communication needs. The more the drive towards globalization, the more such infrastructures become crucial.The 'wiring' of the corporation should be done in a way that is aligned with its corporate strategy-it is global and generates value. This book presents six in-depth case studies of large corporations-AstraZeneca, IBM, Norsk Hydro, Roche, SKF, and Statoil-which offer a rich picture of the main issues involved in information infrastructure implementation and management. Far from being a linear process, the use of the information infrastructure is in fact an open-ended process, in many cases out of control. Current management models and consulting advice do not seem to be able to cope with such a business landscape. This book provides the reader with interpretations and theories that can foster a different understanding and approach. Thus, the economics of standards, complexity theory, and actor-network theory are harnessed to penetrate the issues emerging from the case studies and to generate a new conception of the information infrastructure that is relevant both for researchers and practitioners.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 242 x 162 x 19 mm
Refreshing new scholarly ideas connected to everyday practice. A gold mine of theory and practice. * Chris Argyris *
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