Making a World of Difference: IT in a Global Context / Edition 1

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Richly illustrated with vivid and detailed case studies, this bookaddresses many of the issues that are critical if informationsystems are to be an effective part of a global businessenvironment.
* In Part One, the author focuses on theoretical views of thecontemporary world, with a particular emphasis on the role ofinformation and communication technologies. This part includestheories of globalization, and more micro-level theories onknowledge, the role of information tehcnology , improvisation inwork practice, and power and politics.
* Part Two presents in-depth case material at different levels ofanalysis: personal and professional identity; the work of groups orteams; organizational connectivity and restructuring; andinter-organizational networking. It draws on theory from Part Onefor analytical purposes.
* Part Three has a similar goal to Part Two, but with a specificemphasis on non-Western cultures.
* Some overall conclusions are summarized in Part Four.
Making a World of Difference will be of specific interest tostudents on graduate courses in management information systems,computer science and management studies. It will also be of valueto information systems practitioners and managers concerned withthe development and use of IT.

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" ... an extremely stimulating, thoughtful, and engagingcontribution ..." (Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol.182002)

"…considerable strength…main value if the booklies in the numerous and wide-ranging case studies…"(Organization Studies, Vol.24, No.2.)

"…a rich source of inspiration for furtherstudies…" (Knowledge Management, July 2003)

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Meet the Author

GEOFF WALSHAM is a Research Professor of Management Studies at the Judge Institute of Management Studies, Cambridge University, UK. His teaching and research is centred on the development, management and use of computer-based information systems, and the relationship of information and communication technologies to stability and change in organizations and societies. He is particularly interested in the human consequences of computerization in a global context, including both industrialized and developing countries.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface.

Contemporary Society.
Computers at Work.

Shifting Identity.

Teaming Up.

Reorganizing the Enterprise.
Trust in Networks.


Culture as Context.
Working Across Cultures.
Designing for Diversity.

Author Index.
Subject Index.

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