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Information Ecology: Mastering the Information and Knowledge Environment Hardcover – June 26, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0195111682 ISBN-10: 0195111680 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 26, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195111680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195111682
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An important, must-read book about managers and their information needs."--F. Warren McFarlan, Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University

"Information Ecology defines mobilization for the future, a topic that is clearly thought provoking and one that we must all address if true information technology return on investment is to occur."--Ralph J. Szygenda, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Corporation

"Tom Davenport's Information Ecology is one of the two or three most important information books to be published this year and perhaps for many years to come. It's a must-read for information systems executives, architects, planners, developers, and project leaders."--Allan E. Alter, Computer World

About the Author


Thomas H. Davenport, author of the best-selling Process Innovation: Reenigineering Work Through Information Technology, combines real-world business experience with an academic's understanding of the principles that underlie effective business management. He is presently the Curtis Mathes Fellowship Professor, and Director of the Information Management Program at the University of Texas, Austin. A former partner and Director of Research at the consulting firm of Ernst & Young, Davenport has consulted for McKensey and Co., CSC Index, and remains a Research fellow at Enrsnt & Young's Center for Business Innovation. He has written for the Harvard Business Review, Sloan management Review, and writes a monthly column for CIO Magazine. Larry Prusak is Practice Leader in Knowledge Management for IBM Consulting Group.

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Tom Davenport is the President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College. He has led research centers at Accenture, McKinsey and Company, Ernst & Young, and CSC Index, and has taught at Harvard Business School, Dartmouth's Tuck School, the University of Texas, and the University of Chicago. He is a widely published author and speaker on the topics of analytics, information and knowledge management, reengineering, enterprise systems, and electronic business. Tom's latest book--coauthored with Jeanne Harris--is Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning, a best-seller that has been translated into 13 languages. Prior to this, Tom wrote, co-authored or edited twelve other books, including the first books on business process reengineering, knowledge management, attention management, and enterprise systems. He has written over 100 articles for such publications as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, the Financial Times, and many other publications, and has been a columnist for Information Week, CIO, and Darwin magazines. In 2003 he was named one of the world's top 25 consultants by Consulting magazine, and in 2007 and 8 was named one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry by Ziff-Davis magazines. His blog for Harvard Business Online is http://discussionleader.hbsp.com/davenport/

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By malcolms@gte.net on September 5, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed by this book. While its central thesis (that MIS should include human and political considerations, not just technical ones) is valid and needs championing, I found the text repetitive, lacking in clear advice, and full of buzzwords used to restate the obvious. Mr. Davenport is clearly an expert on how to run MIS at large companies. Unfortunately, I found it difficult to glean applicable lessons from his book
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "frankie2aha" on June 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book offers great insight into creating an information envionment within the company. I think that the numerous examples for real life companies provide credibility to his claims. However this is for people who are building and IT strucutre for scratch or are looking for a paradigm shift in how they do IT? If your IT envionment is not producing results this is a great place to start. It provides the theory to apply to real life situations. Understanding the necessity of Information Technology is essential for implementing results oriented systems.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By davides@us.ibm.com on January 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I found this to be a useful and informative book with new insights, especially in the area of developing a wholistic view of an information enterprise. Most previous books seem to be limited to just MIS departments and ignore the fact that managing information is not something that just happens in a vacumn. I also found the diagnosis section to be useful and grounded in real work versus the "blackboard" consulting suggestions that sometimes comes from academics whose ideas are not grounded in real world experiences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C K Venkatraman on January 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In many ways this book, in my opinion, was far ahead of its time. It looks at Information Systems as an Ecology than an Engineered set of Components which are created out of some grandiose engineered blueprint. There are many refreshing ideas and insights in there.It talks about Human centered approach to Infirmation systems development and deployment. A must read for people who "philosophise" about Information Systems.
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