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Vulnerable Fortress: Bureaucratic Organization and Management in the Information Age

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Addresses the questions of why established modes of administration are threatened by information technology and what kinds of changes will take place in the future world of management. Rather than being a buttress for managerial authority in bureaucratic organizations, argue Taylor and Van Every, the new communication technologies are both an opportunity and a trap, and in either case they require a radical rethinking of our ideas about management and how it works. Basing their reasoning on contemporary principles of communication theory, the authors provide a reimagining of the nature of organization. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802029485
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Pages: 283

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Pt. 1 Organization in the Information Age
1 A world in flux 3
2 Coping with office automation: the conversation and the text 34
3 Beyond the machine metaphor 72
4 Organization as talk and text 105
Pt. 2 Management in the Information Age
5 The changing transactional environment 145
6 The evolution of software: the new text 178
7 Managing in the information society 200
8 The fall of the fortress? 228
Notes 245
References 263
Index 279
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