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Structuring the Information Age: Life Insurance and Technology in the Twentieth Century (Hardcover)

Joanne Yates

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ISBN 10: 0801880866 / ISBN 13: 9780801880865
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Hardcover. Structuring the Information Age provides insight into the largely unexplored evolution of information processing in the commercial sector and the underrated influence of corpo.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 364 pages. 0.717. N° de ref. de la librería 9780801880865

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Título: Structuring the Information Age: Life ...

Año de publicación: 2005

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:New

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Structuring the Information Age provides insight into the largely unexplored evolution of information processing in the commercial sector and the underrated influence of corporate users in shaping the history of modern technology.

JoAnne Yates examines how life insurance firms―where good record-keeping and repeated use of massive amounts of data were crucial―adopted and shaped information processing technology through most of the twentieth century. The book analyzes this process beginning with tabulating technology, the most immediate predecessor of the computer, and continuing through the 1970s with early computers. Yates elaborates two major themes: the reciprocal influence of information technology and its use, and the influence of past practices on the adoption and use of new technologies. In the 1950s, insurance industry leaders recognized that computers would enable them to integrate processes previously handled separately, but they also understood that they would have to change their ways of working profoundly to achieve this integration. When it came to choosing equipment and applications, most companies ultimately preferred a gradual, incremental migration to an immediate and radical transformation.

In tracing this process, Yates shows that IBM's successful transition from tabulators to computers in part reflected that vendor's ability to provide large customers such as insurance companies with the necessary products to allow gradual change. In addition, this detailed industry case study helps explain information technology's so-called productivity paradox, showing that firms took roughly two decades to achieve the initial computerization and process integration that the industry set as objectives in the 1950s.

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Structuring the Information Age provides insight into the evolution of information processing in the commercial sector and the influence of corporate users in shaping the history of modern technology. JoAnne Yates examines how life insurance firms―where good record keeping and repeated use of massive amounts of data were crucial―adopted and shaped information processing technology through most of the twentieth century.

"Brilliant volume... Yates's study of the adaptation of information-processing resources in insurance has greatly widened the horizons of our understanding of the dynamics of technological development in a business setting."― Business History Review

"This timely and important work is the first scholarly history devoted to the use of information technology within a single American industry."― EH.Net

"A welcome addition to a growing body of literature on the history of the use of computers by businesses and a good model for other scholars to use."― American Historical Review

" Structuring the Information Age examines the history of information technology in the United States by shifting focus away from the producers of that technology and toward a kind of end user that has heretofore received little attention―large-scale corporations, which easily rank among the leading information-technology (IT) consumers."― Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"This valuable addition to the historiography of the computer looks at new technologies from a user’s viewpoint. Here the user is the life insurance business, which is an appropriate choice because it has always been an information-intense business."― IEEE History Center Newsletter

"Yates has contributed another original study to the history of information technology."― Technology and Culture

JoAnne Yates, Deputy Dean and Distinguished Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, is the author of Control through Communication: The Rise of System in American Management, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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