The Digital Hand: How Computers Changed the Work of American Financial, Telecommunications, Media, and Entertainment Industries
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The Digital Hand: 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.show more

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  • Hardback | 672 pages
  • 162.6 x 238.8 x 35.6mm | 1,043.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 27 halftones, 7 line illus.
  • 019516587X
  • 9780195165876

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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. * 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 *show more

Table of contents

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 ; Indexshow more