4th Edition

Information Technology and Organizational Learning Managing Behavioral Change in the Digital Age

By Arthur M. Langer Copyright 2024
    354 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    354 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Because digital and information technology (IT) has become a more significant part of strategic advantage and workplace operations, information systems personnel have become key to the success of corporate enterprises, particularly with the pursuit of becoming more "digital." This book focuses on the vital role that technology must play in the course of organizational development and learning and on the growing need to integrate technology, particularly digital technology, fully into the culture of all organizations. Fundamentally this fourth edition takes an even stronger position than the previous editions that organizational learning is crucial to the success of what has been coined "digital transformation." Companies are struggling to understand what it means to "be digital." Their technology personnel go far beyond the traditional IT staff into areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NL). These three functions now fall under the auspices of "data science," which is now at the center of allowing companies to become more data dominant as is necessary for survival. While traditional IT personnel have long been criticized for their inability to function as part of the business, they are now vital to assist in the leadership of digital transformation. It could be a costly error to underestimate the technical skills needed by IT staff to ensure successful digital transformation. In fact, subsequent chapters will highlight the technical challenges needed to build new architectures based on 5G, blockchain, cloud computing, and eventually quantum processing. The challenge then is to integrate business and technical IT staff via cultural assimilation and to strategically integrate advanced computing architectures.

    This fourth edition includes new topics such as the future of work that addresses the challenges of assimilating multiple generations of employees and how to establish working cultures that are more resilient and adaptive and can be configured as a platform driven by data assets.

    About the Author

    1. The “Ravell” Corporation
    2. The IT dilemma
    3. Technology as a variable and responsive organizational dynamism
    4. Organizational learning theories and technology
    5. Managing organizational learning and technology
    6. Digital technology platforms and the future of work
    7. Virtual teams and outsourcing
    8. Organizational learning, IT, and technology disruptions
    9. Forming a cyber security culture
    10. Digital transformation and changes in consumer behavior
    11. Integrating multiple generations of employees to accelerate competitive advantage in the digital age
    12. Toward best practices
    13. Conclusion


    Arthur M. Langer, EdD, is Associate Vice-Provost and Director of the Center for Technology Management and Digital Leadership and professor of professional practice at the D’Amore-Mckim School of Business at Northeastern University. He was the inaugural Director of the Center of Technology Management and professor of practice of Technology Management at Columbia University. At Columbia he was also the academic director of the Executive Masters of Science program in Technology Management, vice chair of faculty and executive advisor to the dean at the School of Professional Studies and remains on the faculty of the Department of Organization and Leadership at the Graduate School of Education (Teachers College). He also served as a member of the Columbia University Faculty Senate. Dr. Langer is the author of The Path to Data Dominance: Forming a Digital Strategy to Drive Revenue Growth (2023 with Arka Mukherjee); Analysis and Design of Next-Generation Software Architectures: 5G, IoT, Blockchain, and Quantum Computing (2020), Guide to Software Development: Designing & Managing the Life Cycle. 2nd Edition (2016), Strategic IT: Best Practices for Managers and Executives (2013 with Lyle Yorks), Information Technology and Organizational Learning (2011), Analysis and Design of Information Systems (2007), Applied Ecommerce (2002), and The Art of Analysis (1997), and has numerous published articles and papers, relating to digital transformation, service learning for underserved populations, IT organizational integration, mentoring, and staff development. Dr. Langer consults with corporations and universities on information technology, cyber security, staff development, management transformation, and curriculum development around the Globe. Dr. Langer is also the chairman and founder of Workforce Opportunity Services (www.wforce.org), a non-profit social venture that provides scholarships and careers to underserved populations around the world.

    Dr. Langer earned a BA in computer science, an MBA in accounting/finance, and a Doctorate of Education from Columbia University.