The major debt, which the principal author of this book must acknowledge, is to his colleagues in the Information Systems Group of the Business School of Bournemouth University who enabled him to complete the planned manuscript when ‘production’ had stalled somewhat. In particular Geoffrey Darnton and John Wateridge were mainly responsible for the following sections (for which they, not the principal author, hold the copyright):
Information systems (Ch. 1)
Systems thinking and Social systems (Ch. 1)
Systems analysis (Ch. 1)
The information economy (Ch. 2)
Project management (Ch. 5)
Systems analysis (Ch. 5)
These colleagues were also kind enough to comment on other parts of the book.
A further debt in regard to this book is to another colleague at Bournemouth University, Jim Muir, with whom the principal author collaborated for many years in teaching a unit on the Social and Economic Factors in Information Technology on an HND in Business Information Technology course. Besides encouraging an interest in the subject, he has allowed us to adapt his original material, especially in parts of Chapter 4. We would also like to thank numerous students at Bournemouth University and its predecessor institutions on various HND, BSc, BA, MBA and MSc Business and Information Systems courses who have helped us to clarify our ideas in this area.
Thanks are due to the following who read and commented on parts of the book in manuscript: Michael Rendell (University of the Third Age), Gareth Tansey (Creative Sales Co. Ltd), Paul Blanchard (Oxford Brookes University), Lynn Snape (Anglia Polytechnic University), Steve Clarke (Luton Business School), Bruce Bluff, Mark Ridolfo and Karen Thompson (Bournemouth University Information Systems Group). Routledge editorial staff who helped to improve my original offerings include Stuart Hay, Michelle Gallagher, and Alan Fidler.
Thanks are due to all the above for the improvements their efforts