This introductory chapter begins by briefly addressing the question: Is information merely a particular representation of, or perhaps better, a particular metonym for, civilization, an essential, and thus ever present, ingredient of an organized world? It considers the concepts of informationalism and managerialism, and then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to bridge the gap between the abstractions of current theories of organization and the somewhat excessively grounded material that forms the bulk of literature within the information systems and knowledge management communities. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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