Inside the Future: Surviving the Technology Revolution / Edition 1

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Overview

From iPods to EZPass technology to YouTube to eGovernment initiatives, the impact of technology is changing our lives more and more each day. This book, a counterpart to a Maryland Public Television documentary, chronicles how and why and shows ways people can take advantage of the revolution in their personal and professional lives. As technology expert Henry C. Lucas, Jr., argues, the fundamentals of business and the economy—not to mention the details of daily life—are changing in every market, in every industry, and in every nation. This book explores the most significant of these technology-enabled transformations to help readers understand and appreciate the opportunities and threats presented by a new, technology-driven global economy.

Among other things, Inside the Future demonstrates that: -A revolution in technology is transforming business and the way individuals live and work. -It's essential to adapt to change. Resisting technological advances is futile, and countries or people that fall behind in technology may never catch up. -The U.S. needs to prepare current and future workers for an economy that incorporates technology in every business process, an economy in which there are almost no constraints from time and place, and an economy in which most hierarchical organizations disappear. -The future competitiveness of the country depends on our ability to innovate and implement change enabled by technology. This revolution is leaving no person or organization untouched. From business to education and healthcare, the digitization and mobilization of every process affects us all. Yet this isn't a book about technology, but one that shows how people and organizations can adapt technology to transform their businesses as well as create a more productive, satisfying personal life. Readers will gain a new awareness of how leading organizations apply IT to create transformations, and how they can use technology to improve their lives, remain competitive in the workforce, and survive in this new age of constant change and re-invention.

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"Lucas (information systems, University of Maryland) discusses the revolutionary role of technology in today's world, especially in the areas of business, government, health care, and education. . . . Recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313348266
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

HENRY C. LUCAS, JR., is the Robert H. Smith Professor of Information Systems in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Chairman of the Decision and Information Technologies Department. He is the author of a dozen books and more than seventy articles in professional periodicals on the impact of technology, information technology in organization design, and information technology and corporate strategy. His most recent books include Information Technology: Strategic Decision Making for Managers, Beware the Winner's Curse: Victories that Can Sink You and Your Company, and Strategies for E-Commerce and the Internet.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction to a Revolution
Rules of the Revolution     3
A Framework for Transformation     14
Evidence for Transformations
Transforming Everyday Events     25
The Power of Online Communities     47
Transforming Services     61
E-Government     76
Transformations in Manufacturing     88
The Digital Pipeline     104
U.S. Healthcare: A Desperate Need for a Transformation     116
Can Education Be Transformed?     131
The Tragedy of Resistance     151
The Evidence for Transformation     166
How to Survive
Barriers to Change     179
How to Flourish     190
Index     201

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