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Corporate Information Strategy and Management: Text and Cases Hardcover – October 19, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0072947755 ISBN-10: 0072947756 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin; 7 edition (October 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072947756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072947755
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert D. Austin is an associate professor at Harvard Business School and chairs an executive program for CIOs. He is the author of numerous articles and four books on information technology management.

Warren McFarlan is the Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration Harvard Business School.

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Customer Reviews

My MBA professor said this was an excellent book, but it was HORRIBLE.
Michael Karschner
Most likely you don't have a choice of whether or not to read this book however I am a better man for not having to read this book again.
Zane Moseley
No real point to many of the chapters except meandering buzzwords linked to other buzzwords.
Lovely Rita

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zane Moseley on July 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book only gets 2 stars from me because 3 or so chapters are actaully worthy of reading. The remainder compells the reader to gouge out their own eyeballs to avoid reading another sentence of the poorly written chapters. You'd think with having 3 authors they could do better than this but alas...no. Most likely you don't have a choice of whether or not to read this book however I am a better man for not having to read this book again. I'll be getting my MBA in 8 days and look forward to NOT reading books like this for the rest of my natural life. Best of luck, you'll need it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Finicky-timbers on November 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Expensive and full of fluff. The authors simply love citing their own work. They do so at LEAST twice per chapter. All the cases in the book were written by the authors and the cases themselves are riddled with meaningless buzzwords and are just downright lame (e.g. "a lights-out data center"). Small wonder why the non-English speaking reviewer had problems. Poor guy.

It's obvious that the only opinions the authors value is their own. Beware of any class that requires this textbook because it means the professor has no idea what they are talking about. Just because you teach at Harvard does not necessarily mean you are smart or intelligent.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pizza Quixote on January 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The problem with technologists is that they often become so enamored of the technology that they lose sight of its practical application. Happily, these authors have both a command of the technology and a keen ability to relate it to modern business. This text carries you seamlessly from the early days of computers as simply automation tools to the modern internetworked world. Solid case studies of both successes and failures illustrate the points. This is high-level stuff, and precisely the kind of book that not only students should read, but also every CIO and CEO.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Smith_X on November 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've studied in IT major and my professor use this book as the main text for this subject. Even though I'm not English/USA but I read many text book before. unlike the other texts, this book is pure nightmare.. use very bad language and very hard to intrepret what the author try to communicate..

Moreover, the picture in the text represent nothing. I get nothing from the figure and it's totally useless. I try to find a group of people and let all of them help to translate the books. Surprisly, most of them do not understand the text as well as I am and we cannot conclude what we can get from the book.

I ask the senior student who already pass the class I'm studing, all of them said that this is the worst text book that we had seen in thier real life.

- hard to read, (no common-fundamental word here.., author always use high level descriptive language )

- expensive

- dull

- case study that hard to understand / useless / old / not update

- lots of fussy comma.. will cause you headache.

- etc.

Finally, I advise that you do not purchase this title and all title compose by these author unless you already did read it first.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harry Feely on May 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book has several features that roll into a very useful action guide and reference manual. IT executives should keep this book on their desk, and refer to it every time they have a significant decision to be made.

The book covers the IT field at the business level, not at the detailed technical level. It treats the information management field from strategy formulation by the business, to operation and retirement of the IT asset.

In particular, at the end of each chapter are a series of 10-20 questions that any executive should ask every time she or he has to make judgements or decisions about IT. These questions can be used and re-used throughout an entire career, and will enhance the individual's performance.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Karschner on September 20, 2007
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My MBA professor said this was an excellent book, but it was HORRIBLE. Well, at the least the first four chapters were extremely, extremely bad. I could barely finish them--if the professor hadn't been excellent, and gone "outside the book" most of the time, it would have been the worst class I've every taken. After the first four chapters, the book became tolerable, and even somewhat enjoyable (for the technically oriented), but nothing makes up for the first four chapters. What the other negative reviews say is very true.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shoppertilyoudropper on June 25, 2008
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Very good case analysis for the non IT professional. Very good examples, utilizing thoughtful cases to provide a solid understanding of the Information Technology infusion into the business world. Very good text for the IT professional to understand the full context of the IT world into the basic business situation. Short cases are interesting and thought provoking when studied and analyzed in a classroom or personal situation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Rita on October 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Horribly written. No real point to many of the chapters except meandering buzzwords linked to other buzzwords. If there is a point to be found in this book, it needs a serious editor. The graphs and exhibits are often not lableled, which can be a real problem if you're trying to use the data to write up a case.
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