Journals Higher Education



14 February 1991

352 Pages | 68 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195063585

Bookseller Code (06)

The Corporation of the 1990s

Information Technology and Organizational Transformation

Edited by Michael S. Scott Morton

From the telegraph to the fax machine, information technology (IT) has collapsed time and distance, drastically changing the way we do business. And yet, though businesses and other organizations have invested tremendous sums in computer hardware and software, IT often fails to significantly improve productivity or profitability. The Corporation of the 1990s presents an expert view of how organizations can effectively employ information technology to survive and prosper in this decade and beyond. It is the result of an active collaboration between scholars of MIT's Sloan School of Management and ten major corporations--American Express, Digital Equipment Corporation, Eastman Kodak, General Motors, and MCI Communications among them--and two U.S. governmental agencies. Featuring a foreword by Lester C. Thurow, renowned economist and Dean of the Sloan School, this study describes how the exponential growth of IT in recent years--from electronic check-out counters at grocery stores to electronic mail--can be exploited by corporations to meet the challenges of today's rapidly changing global economy. The authors present a wealth of examples to show how IT has been used effectively and profitably. The key to success, the authors argue, lies in moving beyond existing organizational structures--investing heavily in human resources and adopting new concepts of managing. Only then will IT pay off.