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How Information Systems Came to Rule the World
And Other Essays

ISBN 9781032153360
Published December 21, 2021 by Routledge
152 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers a fresh perspective on information systems, a field of study and practice currently undergoing substantial upheaval, even as it expands rapidly and widely with new technologies and applications.

Mapping the field as it has developed, the author firmly establishes the under-recognized importance of the field, and grounds it firmly in the subject’s history. He argues against the view of enthusiasts who believe that the field has somehow moved "beyond information systems" to something more exotic and offers a short and compelling manifesto on behalf of the field and its future.

Offering a comprehensive insight into the significance of the information systems field, this book will appeal primarily to scholars and practitioners working in information systems, management, communication studies, technology studies, and related areas.

Table of Contents

1. Quo vadis, information systems?;  2. Why do firms have information systems?;  3. What information is provided by information systems?;  4. Why is everyone now an information system user?;  5. How did information systems come to rule the world?;  6. How do human practices change with information systems?;  7. How can information systems make a better world?

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E. Burton Swanson is Research Professor of Information Systems at UCLA’s Anderson School, USA.