Does IT Matter?: Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage / Edition 1

Does IT Matter?: Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage / Edition 1

by Nicholas G. Carr
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1591394449

ISBN-13: 9781591394440

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press


Over the last decade, and even since the bursting of the technology bubble, pundits, consultants, and thought leaders have argued that information technology provides the edge necessary for business success. IT expert Nicholas G. Carr offers a radically different view in this eloquent and explosive book. As IT's power and presence have grown, he argues, its

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Over the last decade, and even since the bursting of the technology bubble, pundits, consultants, and thought leaders have argued that information technology provides the edge necessary for business success. IT expert Nicholas G. Carr offers a radically different view in this eloquent and explosive book. As IT's power and presence have grown, he argues, its strategic relevance has actually decreased. IT has been transformed from a source of advantage into a commoditized "cost of doing business"--with huge implications for business management. Expanding on Carr's seminal Harvard Business Review article that generated a storm of controversy, Does IT Matter? provides a truly compelling--and unsettling--account of IT's changing business role and its leveling influence on competition. Through astute analysis of historical and contemporary examples, Carr shows that the evolution of IT closely parallels that of earlier technologies such as railroads and electric power. He goes on to lay out a new agenda for IT management, stressing cost control and risk management over innovation and investment. And he examines the broader implications for business strategy and organization as well as for the technology industry. A frame-changing statement on one of the most important business phenomena of our time, Does IT Matter? marks a crucial milepost in the debate about IT's future. An acclaimed business writer and thinker, Nicholas G. Carr is a former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591394440
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

The Great Debate

ONE

Technological Transformations

The Rise of a New Business Infrastructure

TWO

Laying Tracks

The Nature and Evolution of Infrastructural Technologies

THREE

An Almost Perfect Commodity

The Fate of Computer Hardware and Software

FOUR

Vanishing Advantage

Information Technology's Changing Role in Business

FIVE

The Universal Strategy Solvent

The IT Infrastructure's Corrosive Effect on Traditional Advantages

SIX

Managing the Money Pit

New Imperatives for IT Investment and Management

SEVEN

A Dream of Wonderful Machines

The Reading, and Misreading, of Technological Change

Notes and Bibliography

Index

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