Business, Information Technology and Society

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Boxes
1.1 The uses of computers in business 4
1.2 Key types of business information 5
1.3 Criteria for a good management information system 7
1.4 Examples of information work 7
1.5 Benefits of the system life cycle approach 15
1.6 Components of data flow diagrams 18
1.7 Entity relationship modelling 19
1.8 Input devices for computers 21
1.9 How electronic computers remember 22
1.10 How binary numbers represent graphics 23
1.11 Computing generations 27
1.12 Computing trends 29
2.1 Different types of communications producers 38
2.2 Ten theses relating to the Internet economy 56
2.3 Main facilities offered on the Internet 61
2.4 Is information a factor of production? 63
2.5 Information has special economic properties 64
2.6 Summary of macro-economic relationships between activity and technology 66
2.7 Societies, production and information 72
3.1 Challenges to the nation-state 101
4.1 Data protection rules 107
4.2 Levels of standardization 113
4.3 Varieties of intellectual property 117
4.4 Comparison of patent and copyright 119
4.5 Objectives of organizational information rules 123
5.1 Corporate strategies to use IT for competitive advantage 149
5.2 Informal political tactics in organizations 168
6.1 Health problems with VDUs 177
6.2 Definitions of ergonomics 177
6.3 Key aspects of the ergonomic approach 179
6.4 Legislative guidelines for the use of VDU equipment 184
6.5 McGregor’s ‘Theory X’ 185

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures viii
  • Tables ix
  • Case Studies x
  • Boxes xi
  • Exercises xiii
  • Introduction xv
  • Acknowledgements xviii
  • Part I - The Environment of Computing 1
  • 1 - The Environment of Computing 3
  • Recommended Reading 36
  • 2 - The It Industry and the Information Economy 37
  • Recommended Reading 77
  • 3 - Government, Globalization and Information Technology 78
  • 4 - Regulating Computing 105
  • Part II - The Workplace and It 135
  • 5 - It and Organizations 137
  • 6 - It and Jobs 174
  • Part III - It and the Environment 203
  • 7 - It and Society 205
  • Glossary 230
  • On-Line Resources 239
  • Bibliography 241
  • Index 249
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