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Information Technology as Business History: Issues in the History and Management of Computers

Information Technology as Business History: Issues in the History and Management of Computers

by James W. Cortada


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This comprehensive overview of the history of computing and its industry, and of commercial applications of the computer also outlines the history of how computing operations were managed within American companies. Based on extensive research in the contemporary business literature, this work is one of the few which looks at computing as business history, and it is the first to look at the broad scope of computing from the perspective of the business historian. The work is also directed at business managers to help them appreciate and understand the uses of the computer in their firms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313299506
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/23/1996
Series: Contributions in Economics and Economic History Series , #177
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

JAMES W. CORTADA is a senior consultant with IBM Corporation and serves on the editorial boards of three journals. Dr. Cortada is the author of over a dozen books in the history and management of information.

Table of Contents


General Introduction to the Study of Computing History

The Industry's Structure

An Introduction to the History of the Information Processing Industry

Patterns in Office Equipment Technology and Business Practices

The Applications for Computers

The Case for Studying the History of How Computers Were Used

Commercial Applications of the Digital Computer in American Corporations, 1945-1995

The Management of Information Processing

Issues to be Studied in the History of Information Processing Management

Information—the Corporate Asset

Evolution of Information Processing Management, 1945-1995

Bibliographic Essay


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