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Corporate Information Systems Management Hardcover – January 15, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0256181166 ISBN-10: 0256181160 Edition: 4 Sub

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  • Hardcover: 796 pages
  • Publisher: Irwin Professional Publishing; 4 Sub edition (January 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0256181160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0256181166
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,483,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren McFarlan is the Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration Harvard Business School. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a pragmatic framework for the strategic issues facing Information Technology managers. The authors have managed to keep up to date with the very recent developments in WEB and Client Server technology, remaining at all times in the context of seeking the benefits of IT for Business.

The extensive use of detailed case studies place a real world context for the management theory espoused, which itself is drawn from many other sources (and adequately referenced.)

This book can be used both as in introduction into the developing arena of IS/IT Management Theory, or as a reference material for CIO's looking fo inspiration.

On the downside, the text can be heavy going and academic at times and could use better indexing of the Tables and Figures used. Reasonable value as a hardback - but a softcopy version would be an affordable must for any aspiring CIO.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2009
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This text was definitive the moment it was published. I knew 20 minutes into reading it that I had a very good book and had made an excellent purchase. After I read it, I mailed it to somebody in the industry with the highest recommendation, but that person never read it. It's a text. Few read textbooks. I do and I like to think others do, but hardly anybody does. I've learned to accept that because everybody is already over-stressed and they cannot bring themselves to undertake a project such as reading a bona fide textbook when they're already sleep deprived and their jobs are insecure.

This text is pure real world cases with interpretation. It's information gold, although outdated somewhat now. One discovers that there's not anything close to perfection in corporate information systems and one quickly gives up any expectation that there ever will be anything close to perfection.

There are loads of reasons why one should lower their expectations of their information systems. Of course, that sounds heretical. It goes against "being optimistic" as if optimism is a legitimate "best practice." It contradicts everything that the salespeople will tell us. But perhaps the hardware, software and standards are a couple hundred years too primitive. Also, extremely intelligent human labor is required, and they have to operate with incredible teamwork. Perhaps a few highly motivational speeches will knock that problem out of the park along with a couple team-building challenge courses. Let's face it, nobody believes in that but people pretend.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The authors do a great job of addressing several issues relating to managing I.S. in a Corporate environment. Several chapters were excellent -- especially regarding the people and process sides of the I.S. world. Authors provide clear and concise information and insight. Other chapters are not as good -- for example the Electronic Commerce trends and opportunities are already dated, as they were pre-1999 examples and extremely dated in the Internet world. Book is "pricey" but worth one to add to your library.
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