Diamonds are Forever, Computers are Not: Economic and Strategic Management in Computing Markets

Diamonds are Forever, Computers are Not: Economic and Strategic Management in Computing Markets

by Shane Greenstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 1860944515

ISBN-13: 9781860944512

Pub. Date: 08/01/2004

Publisher: Imperial College Press

" This is a collection of 43 essays about the economics and management of information technology markets. The first part of the book focuses on events, notable birth dates and longstanding trends. The unifying theme revolves around the role of human economic behavior in the face of uncertainty and confusion. The contributors' intent is to explain, educate and…  See more details below

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" This is a collection of 43 essays about the economics and management of information technology markets. The first part of the book focuses on events, notable birth dates and longstanding trends. The unifying theme revolves around the role of human economic behavior in the face of uncertainty and confusion. The contributors' intent is to explain, educate and entertain — to go beyond the obvious.

The next part contains writing about the Internet. It discusses the development of the online commercial world, and analyzes the macroeconomic side of the investment boom and bust related to Internet activities. It also focuses on the measurement of economic activity in the digital economy.

In addition, the book deals with how computers get used in organizations and discusses the Microsoft antitrust case. Finally, there are two long essays about economic constraints on strategic behavior in markets where standards and platforms matter. "

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860944512
Publisher:
Imperial College Press
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

1Diamonds are forever, computers are not3
2A birthday even a curmudgeon could love7
3It has bugs, but the games are out of this world12
4The biology of technology17
5Virulent word of mouse22
6An earful about Zvi's e-mail29
7Repetitive stress injuries37
8To have and to have not42
9Uncertainty, prediction, and the unexpected46
10When technologies converge51
11Forecasting commercial change56
12The tape story tapestry : historical research with inaccessible digital information technologies61
13The salad days of on-line shopping79
14Don't call it a highway!83
15Commercializing the Internet88
16Building the virtual world93
17A revolution? : how do you know?98
18PCs, the Internet, and you104
19An era of impatience111
20Shortfalls, downturns and recessions116
21Explaining booms, busts and errors121
22An inside scoop on the high-tech stock market bust126
23The crash in competitive telephony133
24Too much Internet backbone?139
25Debunking the productivity paradox147
26Banking on the information age152
27Measure for measure in the new economy157
28Pricing Internet access162
29E-business infrastructure167
30The price is not right173
31Client-server demand and legacy systems181
32Upgrading, catching up and shooting for par186
33How co-invention shapes our market191
34Which industries use the Internet?196
35Where did the Internet go?201
36Not a young and restless market209
37Return of the jaded214
38Bill, act like a mensch!221
39Aggressive business tactics : are there limits?228
40Hung up on AT&T233
41Falling through the cracks at Microsoft238
42Markets, standards and information infrastructure245
43Industrial economics and strategy : computing platforms270

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