Rowan revisited: a review of the management ofcomputers from the 1960s until today

James B. Johnston, Alan Tait

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This paper seeks to examine organisations historical experiences of computers in order to consider their on-going relevance for modern organisations and their frequently disappointing results from investments in information technology. It will therefore analyse some of the findings of Rowan (1984) on how managers have coped with the introduction of computers since the 1960s. It will conclude by arguing for continuing relevance of Rowan’s broad analysis although these lessons require some modification in light of more recent experiences of computers since 1984.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBAM 2015 Conference Proceedings
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
ISBN (Print)978-0-9549608-8-9
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2015
Event29th Annual British Academy of Management Conference: The Value of Pluralism in Advancing Management Research, Education and Practice - Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 201510 Sep 2015


Conference29th Annual British Academy of Management Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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