Organizations in the Network Age

Organizations in the Network Age

by Nicky Gunson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415132231

ISBN-13: 9780415132237

Pub. Date: 11/28/1995

Publisher: Routledge

The follow-up to the acclaimed Organizations in the Computer Age, this book reveals that since computers have become increasingly linked in networks which span the world, information can be transmitted instantaneously to all parts of the organization. It describes the experiences of six organizations and draws lessons which apply very widely. The issues raised…  See more details below

Overview

The follow-up to the acclaimed Organizations in the Computer Age, this book reveals that since computers have become increasingly linked in networks which span the world, information can be transmitted instantaneously to all parts of the organization. It describes the experiences of six organizations and draws lessons which apply very widely. The issues raised include * the impact on employment levels and organizational structure * the effects of network technology and organization structure and control * the extent of management choice * the role of change agents This books shows that the introduction of computer networks raises new challenges concerning how the process of change is managed, and whether the organization has learned and is able to apply this knowledge to future change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415132237
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2The Travel Company - A Branch Automation System in a Travel Company10
3Scotrail - 'Omega': A Network-Based Administrative Reorganization36
4The Library Network65
5General Insurance - A Network Linking Branches and Head Office in Insurance100
6The Scottish Ambulance Service - Computerization and Rationalization in a Public Service126
7Kwik-Fit - An Electronic Point of Sale System in a Retail Chain160
8The Process of Change189
9Changes to Structure, Control and Work Organization213
10Conclusions242
Bibliography260
Index266

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