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Does It Matter?

Does It Matter? - 04 edition

Does It Matter? - 04 edition

ISBN13: 9781591394440

ISBN10: 1591394449

Does It Matter? by Nicholas G. Carr - ISBN 9781591394440
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
International: No
Does It Matter? by Nicholas G. Carr - ISBN 9781591394440

ISBN13: 9781591394440

ISBN10: 1591394449

Edition: 04

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Over the last decade, and even since the bursting of the technology bubble, pundits, consultants, and thought leaders have argued that information technology provides the edge necessary for business success. IT expert Nicholas G. Carr offers a radically different view in this eloquent and explosive book. As IT's power and presence have grown, he argues, its strategic relevance has actually decreased. IT has been transformed from a source of advantage into a commoditized "cost of doing business"--with huge implications for business management. Expanding on Carr's seminal Harvard Business Review article that generated a storm of controversy, Does IT Matter? provides a truly compelling--and unsettling--account of IT's changing business role and its leveling influence on competition. Through astute analysis of historical and contemporary examples, Carr shows that the evolution of IT closely parallels that of earlier technologies such as railroads and electric power. He goes on to lay out a new agenda for IT management, stressing cost control and risk management over innovation and investment. And he examines the broader implications for business strategy and organization as well as for the technology industry. A frame-changing statement on one of the most important business phenomena of our time, Does IT Matter? marks a crucial milepost in the debate about IT's future.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Technological Transformations
The Rise of a New Business Infrastructure


Laying Tracks
The Nature and Evolution of Infrastructural Technologies


An Almost Perfect Commodity
The Fate of Computer Hardware and Software


Vanishing Advantage
Information Technology's Changing Role in Business


The Universal Strategy Solvent
The IT Infrastructure's Corrosive Effect on Traditional Advantages


Managing the Money Pit
New Imperatives for IT Investment and Management


A Dream of Wonderful Machines
The Reading, and Misreading, of Technological Change
Notes and Bibliography