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The Digital Hand, Volume 2: How Computers Changed the Work of American Financial, Telecommunications, Media, and Entertainment Industries

The Digital Hand, Volume 2, is a historical survey of how computers and telecommunications have been deployed in over a dozen industries in the financial, telecommunications, media and entertainment sectors over the past half century. It is past of a sweeping three-volume description of how management in some forty industries embraced the computer and changed the American economy. Computers have fundamentally changed the nature of work in America. However it is difficult to grasp the full extent of these changes and their implications for the future of business. To begin the long process of understanding the effects of computing in American business, we need to know the history of how computers were first used, by whom and why. In this, the second volume of The Digital Hand, James W. Cortada combines detailed analysis with narrative history to provide a broad overview of computing's and telecomunications' role in over a dozen industries, ranging from Old Economy sectors like finance and publishing to New Economy sectors like digital photography and video games. He also devotes considerable attention to the rapidly changing media and entertainment industries which are now some of the most technologically advanced in the American economy. Beginning in 1950, when commercial applications of digital technology began to appear, Cortada examines the ways different industries adopted new technologies, as well as the ways their innovative applications influenced other industries and the US economy as a whole. He builds on the surveys presented in the first volume of the series, which examined sixteen manufacturing, process, transportation, wholesale and retail industries. Inaddition to this account, of computers' impact on industries, Cortada also demonstrates how industries themselves influenced the nature of digital technology. Managers, historians and others interested in the history of modern business will appreciate this historical analysis of digital technology's many roles and future possibilities in an wide array of industries. The Digital Hand provides a detailed picture of what the infrastructure of the Information Age really looks like and how we got there.
The Digital Hand, Volume 2: How Computers Changed the Work of American Financial, Telecommunications, Media, and Entertainment Industries
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The Digital Hand, Volume 2 is an historical survey of how computers and telecommunications have been deployed in over a dozen industries in the financial, telecommunications, media, and entertainment sectors over the past half century. It is part of a sweeping three-volume description of how management in some forty industries embraced the computer and changed the American economy.
James W. Cortada is the author of a dozen books on Spain, including "Spain in the Nineteenth-Century World: Essays on Spanish Diplomacy, 1789 1898", and two previous publications on the Spanish Civil War. He is also the author of dozens of articles on modern European and Spanish history. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
1. Role of Financial Industries in the U.S. Economy ; 2. Uses of Computing in the Banking Industry ; 3. Deployment of Digital and Telecommunications Applications in the Banking Industry ; 4. Business Patterns and Digital Applications in the Insurance Industry ; 5. Business Patterns and Digital Applications in the Brokerage Industry ; 6. Role of Telecommunications Industries in the U.S. Economy ; 7. Business Patterns and Digital Applications in the Telecommunication Industry ; 8. Role of Media and Entertainment Industries in the U.S. Economy ; 9. Uses of Computing in Print Media Industries: Book Publishing, Newspapers, Magazines ; 10. Digital Applications in Electronic Media Industries: Movies and Recorded Music ; 11. Digital Applications in Entertainment Industries: Video Games and Photography ; 12. Conclusions: Lessons Learned, Implications for Management ; Appendix A: Role and Use of Industries, Sectors, and Economic Models as Concepts for Understanding Business and Economic Activities ; Appendix B: How a Telephone Works and the Basics of Telecommunications and Networking ; Notes ; Bibliographic Essay ; Index
Cortada is ideally if not uniquely qualified to approach this important topic. ... This is an important attempt at synthesis, and Cortada is to be commended both for taking it on and for what he has managed to accomplish. The material is exhaustively researched and extensively footnoted. Charts and tables help to summarize the data, and the occasional photograph reminds us that technologies and business are not abstract concepts but are human activities. Michael N. Geselowitz, Enterprise & Society Cortada is one of the premier-and most prolific-of computer historians and covers nooks and crannies that many others miss. Given the present centrality of computers in virtually everything, Cortada is becoming the recorder of a very important transformation in American (and most world) business. Communication Booknotes Quarterly Cortada is ideally if not uniquely qualified to approach this important topic. ... This is an important attempt at synthesis, and Cortada is to be commended both for taking it on and for what he has managed to accomplish. The material is exhaustively researched and extensively footnoted. Charts and tables help to summarize the data, and the occasional photograph reminds us that technologies and business are not abstract concepts but are human activities. Michael N. Geselowitz, Enterprise & Society Cortada is one of the premier-and most prolific-of computer historians and covers nooks and crannies that many others miss. Given the present centrality of computers in virtually everything, Cortada is becoming the recorder of a very important transformation in American (and most world) business. Communication Booknotes QuarterlyI fully recommend this book. It is a must-read for anyone wanting to get a feel for how technology adoption interacts with development and for how decision-making and company-interaction patterns have fostered or hindered the introduction of computers in a particular application and at a particulsar time.
The Digital Hand, Volume 2, is a historical survey of how computers and telecommunications have been deployed in over a dozen industries in the financial, telecommunications, media and entertainment sectors over the past half century. It is past of a sweeping three-volume description of how management in some forty industries embraced the computer and changed the American economy. Computers have fundamentally changed the nature of work in America. However
it is difficult to grasp the full extent of these changes and their implications for the future of business. To begin the long process of understanding the effects of computing in American business, we need to know the history of how computers were first used, by whom and why. In this, the second volume of
The Digital Hand, James W. Cortada combines detailed analysis with narrative history to provide a broad overview of computing's and telecomunications' role in over a dozen industries, ranging from Old Economy sectors like finance and publishing to New Economy sectors like digital photography and video games. He also devotes considerable attention to the rapidly changing media and entertainment industries which are now some of the most technologically advanced in the American economy.
Beginning in 1950, when commercial applications of digital technology began to appear, Cortada examines the ways different industries adopted new technologies, as well as the ways their innovative applications influenced other industries and the US economy as a whole. He builds on the surveys presented in the
first volume of the series, which examined sixteen manufacturing, process, transportation, wholesale and retail industries. In addition to this account, of computers' impact on industries, Cortada also demonstrates how industries themselves influenced the nature of digital technology. Managers, historians and others interested in the history of modern business will appreciate this historical analysis of digital technology's many roles and future possibilities in an wide array of industries.
The Digital Hand provides a detailed picture of what the infrastructure of the Information Age really looks like and how we got there.
"Cortada is ideally if not uniquely qualified to approach this important topic. ... This is an important attempt at synthesis, and Cortada is to be commended both for taking it on and for what he has managed to accomplish. The material is exhaustively researched and extensively footnoted. Charts and tables help to summarize the data, and the occasional photograph reminds us that technologies and business are not abstract concepts but are human activities."
--Michael N. Geselowitz, Enterprise & Society
"Cortada is one of the premier-and most prolific-of computer historians and covers nooks and crannies that many others miss. Given the present centrality of computers in virtually everything, Cortada is becoming the recorder of a very important transformation in American (and most world) business. --Communication Booknotes Quarterly
"I fully recommend this book. It is a must-read for anyone wanting to get a feel for how technology adoption interacts with development and for how decision-making and company-interaction patterns have fostered or hindered the introduction of computers in a particular application and at a particulsar time." --Gerald Friedland,IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
"Cortada is ideally if not uniquely qualified to approach this important topic. ... This is an important attempt at synthesis, and Cortada is to be commended both for taking it on and for what he has managed to accomplish. The material is exhaustively researched and extensively footnoted. Charts and tables help to summarize the data, and the occasional photograph reminds us that technologies and business are not abstract concepts but are human activities."
--Michael N. Geselowitz, Enterprise & Society
"Cortada is one of the premier-and most prolific-of computer historians and covers nooks and crannies that many others miss. Given the present centrality of computers in virtually everything, Cortada is becoming the recorder of a very important transformation in American (and most world) business. --Communication Booknotes Quarterly
"I fully recommend this book. It is a must-read for anyone wanting to get a feel for how technology adoption interacts with development and for how decision-making and company-interaction patterns have fostered or hindered the introduction of computers in a particular application and at a particulsar time." --Gerald Friedland,IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Author
James W. Cortada
Short Title
DIGITAL HAND V02
Pages
629
Language
English
ISBN-10
019516587X
ISBN-13
9780195165876
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
DEWEY
338.064
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2005
Publication Date
2005-11-30
Subtitle
How Computers Changed the Work of American Financial, Telecommunications, Media, and Entertainment Industries
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Oxford University Press Inc
Place of Publication
New York
Residence
Madison, WI, US
Affiliation
IBM Institute for Business Value
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Audience
Professional and Scholarly
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