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Information Technology and OrganizationsStrategies, Networks, and Integration$
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Brian P. Bloomfield

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289395

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289395.001.0001

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Introduction: The Problematic of Information Technology and Organization

Introduction: The Problematic of Information Technology and Organization

(p.1) 1 Introduction: The Problematic of Information Technology and Organization
Information Technology and Organizations

Brian P. Bloomfield

Rod Coombs

David Knights

Dale Littler

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the starting-point for the Programme on Information and Communication Technology's (PICT) research on information technology (IT) and organizations, and thus provides some of the background to the lines of argument developed in the later chapters. In contrast to the surfeit of prophesies in the area, comparatively little effort has been expended in trying to understand how the discourse on organizations and IT operates. Yet all the attempts at analysis and prediction deploy tacit models and concepts of ‘technology’ and ‘organization’. Thus, an important assumption underpinning this book is that the critical study of the development and use of IT in organizations has to start with an examination of these background assumptions and theories that govern how the relationship between technology and organizations is construed. It has to consider, for example, how technology and organization are brought together theoretically while remaining distinct objects of analysis. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Programme on Information and Communication Technology, information technology, organizations

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