Future Organizational Design: The Scope for the IT-based Enterprise / Edition 1

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"A major contribution to the field..." ." Gordon B. Davis, Honeywell Professor of Management Information Systems, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA
" "This book is required reading for anyone who wants to understand how and why computers influence organization structure. It established a conceptual foundation for the field, and examines the particular characteristics of the tools computer systems provide and what organizational impacts they can be expected to have. The conclusions are sometimes counter-intuitive, but always convincingly argued." Lee L. Gremillion, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, USA
"This is a superb source for people seeking to learn about organizational structure. Groth gives remarkable reasoning and interesting examples throughout the book. An exciting contribution" Kamar Singh, Project Manager, GE Aircraft Engines, Ohio, USA
Lars Groth addresses a subject of key importance and takes a fresh and innovative look at the ways to build and develop organizations with the assistance of information technology. Five major examples are used to point out the road ahead for those aiming to improve existing organizations with the help of new technology, as well as explaining some significant properties inherent in organizations and information technology. For the first time, the interplay between organization structure and information technology is thoroughly analysed in the context of established organization theory.
Through examination of existing models and taking into account the new possibilities offered by IT, this book will enable practising managers and consultants to look at their organizations and decide where the greatest, and least, opportunities lie. The book will also be highly relevant to MBA, MIS and Executive courses concerned with the relationship between organizations and IT.
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Lars Groth is a founding partner of the Oslo-based consulting firm Pharos, and specializes in information technology-based organization, organization-oriented information technology projects, strategic planning and management of information technology. Prior to founding Pharos, Lars served as a consultant with Scandinavian IT consulting firms ISI, Enator and Avenir, working on projects including strategic planning, systems and vendor evaluations, contract negotiations and evaluation of information technology development trends. Lars earned his MA in sociology from the University of Oslo and his doctorate from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen
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Table of Contents

A Platform for the Investigation
Recourse to Reason.
Organization and Tools-the Human Advantages.
The Basic Preconditions for Organizing.
Individual Capacity and Organisation Before the Computer
Confined by Physiology
The Dawn of Organization
The Power of Technology
The Modern Organization
IT and the Preconditions for Organising
The IT-Based Preconditions
Extending the Space of Constructible Organisations
The Individual and the Group
Routines and Automation
Coordination by Default
The New Organisation
Toward the Model-Driven Organisation
The New Configurations
Concluding Considerations
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