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dc.contributor.authorBurrows, Andreaen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:40:32Zen
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:40:32Zen
dc.date.issued1988-08-01en
dc.identifier.otheretd-07152010-020229en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/43744en
dc.description.abstractThe concern of this thesis is the role technology plays in organizational change. The specific issue addressed is the introduction of personal computers (PCs) into work organizations. A review of the literature suggested that both sociological and technological factors must be taken into account when discussing technological change. PC Week magazine contains strategies which various companies used in introducing personal computers. A thematic content analysis of PC Week was carried out to test certain hypotheses. The articles were also treated as contemporary historical documents. Questions addressed included whether PCs contribute to centralization or decentralization in organizations, whether PCs differ in their organizational effects to mainframes, whether PCs are more successful in some types of organizations than in others, and whether an "opinion leader" plays a significant role in the introduction of PCs. From the content analysis and the texts, it was concluded that technology did not determine organizational change. While technology determined the limits of certain tools (PCs), organizational goals determined how PCs were implemented. Limited support was drawn for the suggestion that an opinion leader played a role in PC introduction. Little support was gained for the remaining hypotheses.en
dc.format.extentviii, 102 leavesen
dc.format.mediumBTDen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.isformatofOCLC# 18762358en
dc.relation.haspartLD5655.V855_1988.B875.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1988.B875en
dc.subject.lcshComputers and civilizationen
dc.subject.lcshTechnological innovationsen
dc.titleComputers in organizations: a survey of PC Week articles between 1984 and 1988en
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentScience and Technology Studiesen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplineScience and Technology Studiesen
dc.contributor.committeechairMullins, Nicholas C.en
dc.contributor.committeememberPitt, Joseph C.en
dc.contributor.committeememberFuhrman, Ellsworth R.en
dc.contributor.committeememberBarker, Peteren
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-07152010-020229/en
dc.date.sdate2010-07-15en
dc.date.rdate2010-07-15en
dc.date.adate2010-07-15en


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