From Control to Drift : The Dynamics of Corporate Information Infrastructures, Paperback Book

From Control to Drift : The Dynamics of Corporate Information Infrastructures Paperback


Firms are investing considerable resources to create large information infrastructures able to fulfil their varied information-processing and communication needs.

The more the drive towards globalization, the more such infrastructures become crucial.

The 'wiring' of the corporation should be done in a way that is aligned with its corporate strategy - it is global and generates value.

This book presents six in-depth case studies of large corporations - AstraZeneca, IBM, Norsk Hydro, Roche, SKF, and Statoil - which offer a rich picture of the main issues involved in information infrastructure implementation and management.

Far from being a linear process, the use of the information infrastructure is in fact an open-ended process, in many cases out of control.

Current management models and consulting advice do not seem to be able to cope with such a business landscape.

This book provides the reader with interpretations and theories tha can foster a different understanding and approach. Thus, the economics of standards, complexity theory, and actor-network theory are harnessed to penetrate the issues emerging from the case studies and to generate a new conception of the information infrastructure that is relevant both for researchers and practitioners.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 262 pages, numerous line figures
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Business strategy
  • ISBN: 9780199246632



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