Making a world of difference: IT in a global context

By: Walsham, Geoffrey
Series: Wiley series in information systemsPublisher: Chichester John Wiley and Sons 2001Description: xvi, 272 p., ISBN: 9780471877240Subject(s): Information technology - Social aspects | Computers and civilizationDDC classification: 303.4833 Summary: Information technology has become an essential component of contemporary society, allowing much faster and more widespread communication, not least through the growth of the internet. However, many issues concerned with the human aspects of the use of IT remain problematic despite technological advances. An enhanced ability to collect and process data, or to communicate electronically across time and space, does not necessarily lead to improved human communication and action. This book explores the social aspects of computerization, using a wide range of detailed case studies, analyzed from a variety of conceptual viewpoints. A further distinctive feature of the book is that it draws empirical material from across the world as a whole, including non-Western countries. It is argued that we should be using IT to support a world in which diversity and difference are respected. (LOC Publishers description)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-266) and indexes.

Information technology has become an essential component of contemporary society, allowing much faster and more widespread communication, not least through the growth of the internet. However, many issues concerned with the human aspects of the use of IT remain problematic despite technological advances. An enhanced ability to collect and process data, or to communicate electronically across time and space, does not necessarily lead to improved human communication and action. This book explores the social aspects of computerization, using a wide range of detailed case studies, analyzed from a variety of conceptual viewpoints. A further distinctive feature of the book is that it draws empirical material from across the world as a whole, including non-Western countries. It is argued that we should be using IT to support a world in which diversity and difference are respected. (LOC Publishers description)

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