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Posted January 30, 2001
This book mainly examines the complex web of relationships that exist inside, outside, and between organisations called respectively, intranets, extranets and strategic alliances. Intranets have become more and more popular in recent times as the number of Internet users increases at a phenomenal pace. It has become the dominant delivery system for working and virtual teams in the last five years. Extranets have come to the fore as they have become intertwined and inextricably linked with company¿s supply chains. It is being used to develop and strengthen ebusiness, providing the economic backbone to the way business will be done in the next century. And finally, strategic alliances are allowing for partnerships and businesses to grow closer and work together in a way thought to be impossible only a few years ago. The book itself is collection of articles and writings that have been combined where possible with case studies to illustrate the theories and demonstrate their ideas where necessary. What gives the book its edge is the fact that the reader is exposed to more than one author¿s naturally biased opinion and selective writings. Instead, one is treated to thoughtful and provoking insights from different men and women, providing a more even and balanced outlook. The book is divided roughly into 3 main parts: Chapters 1-4 focus on the internal organisation, Chapters 5-9 concentrate on extranets and Chapters 10-13 study the emphasis and popularity of virtual teams. So, would I recommend this book to another student? I think as a whole the book is no longer relevant in this world of technology where what was only being imagined a number of years ago is now present. The first part of the book is excellent for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge on the advantages of intranets and extranets, thus I have dedicated much space to it. The case studies were largely irrelevant as most are in other textbooks and others are written in novel form. There is never any mention of possible downsides of these technologies such as the lack of security and the further dependency and danger of downed systems to ruin a business. This lack of a balance is the major downfall of this book as well as the fact that it is simply three years old, a century in this fast paced world. The final part of the book provides interesting insights to some of the most relevant thoughts on this issue by the giants in this field (although the IT slant is clear). And that is all it is: interesting. I personally believe that their predictions have still got quite a long way to advance in this decade and web-enabled radios will not be in everyone¿s home for some time to come. Overall the book provides an unequal slant but for understanding the basics of intranets and extranets on a theoretical level, it was quite good even today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.