Electronic Technology, Corporate Strategy, And World Transformation

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How are the new electronic technologies transforming business here and abroad — indeed, the entire world economy — and what new strategies must business develop to meet the challenges of this transformation? Economist, writer, and communications executive Maurice Estabrooks provides a readable, comprehensive survey of how businesses are using microchips, computers, and telecommunications to reshape the entire world of work — its cultures, organization, and economic systems. With insight and impeccable scholarship...

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Overview

How are the new electronic technologies transforming business here and abroad — indeed, the entire world economy — and what new strategies must business develop to meet the challenges of this transformation? Economist, writer, and communications executive Maurice Estabrooks provides a readable, comprehensive survey of how businesses are using microchips, computers, and telecommunications to reshape the entire world of work — its cultures, organization, and economic systems. With insight and impeccable scholarship he provides concrete evidence of the emergence of artificially intelligent, cybernetic, network-based entities that are creating new linkages between businesses, markets, and technology itself — linkages that will profoundly affect the way businesses create and implement their corporate survival and growth strategies in the future.

Drawing on the work of economic theorist Joseph Schumpeter, Estabrooks shows how Schumpeterian dynamics have played a key role in the breakup of AT&T and the Bell System, and in the deregulation of telecommunications, broadcasting, banking, finance, and other economically critical industries. What has emerged, he maintains, is an increasingly integrated, global information- and software-based services economy. Optical fibers, satellites, and wireless communications systems have already made possible the development of electronic superhighways, but in doing so they have also initiated a massive redistribution of economic power and wealth throughout the world, the implications of which are only now being understood. Historical, analytical, descriptive, Estabrooks' book will speak not only to academics and others who observe world transformations from relatively theoretical perspectives, but also to corporate and other executives whose organizations, and certainly their personal work lives, will be changed dramatically by the developments he describes in practical day-to-day situations.

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Surveys how new electronic technologies are transforming business and the world economy and discusses strategies for businesses to meet the challenges of this transformation, with chapters on the use of computers, telecommunications, and networks to create links between business, markets, and technology. Estabrooks senior economist, Dept. of Industry, Canada draws on the work of economic theorist Joseph Schumpeter and shows how Schumpeterian dynamics have played a role in the deregulation of telecommunications, broadcasting, and banking. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899309699
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/23/1995
  • Pages: 286
  • Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

MAURICE ESTABROOKS is an author and senior economist in the Department of Industry in Canada.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Technology, Corporate Strategy, Public Policy, and the Transformation of the World 1
2 The Role of Electronic Technology in the Creation of the Advanced Industrial Society 19
3 The Microchip and the Computer: Technological Underpinnings of the Postindustrial Society 41
4 Growth, Expansion, Convergence, and Creative Destruction 71
5 Network Universe 103
6 The Intelligent Infrastructure 133
7 The Intelligent Economy 159
8 Restructuring, Transforming, and Globalizing Organizations, Markets, and Economic Systems 187
9 War of the Worlds 215
10 Into the Millennium 237
Selected Bibliography 251
Index 255
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