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The Digital Hand, Vol 1
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The Digital Hand, Vol 1: How Computers Changed the Work of American Manufacturing, Transportation, and Retail Industries

James W. Cortada


This book chronicles how sixteen American industries in the manufacturing, transportation, wholesale, and retail sectors have used computers since 1950. It explores the role this technology played, how it changed the work done, and the effects on companies, industries, and the American economy. It argues that what was done within industries was fundamentally changed by the massive use of all manner of information technologies and telecommunications, creating a new digital style of working by the end of the 20th century. The book's findings are based on extensive research and it is organized by ... More

Keywords: history of industries, manufacturing, information technologies, business, transportation, retail, 20th century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195165883
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165883.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James W. Cortada, author
IBM Institute for Business Value

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