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Planning for Integrated Office Systems (1985)

A Strategic Approach

Planning for Integrated Office (1985) systems was a badly timed boot (easily 15 years before it’s time) explaining how to go about implementing internal collaboration tools within an enterprise. It argued that these systems involve a complete rethinking of how people and organizations collaborate, including redesigning organizational structures and also the physical office environment. The book was received badly by some sophisticated critics like Ted Nelson who argued that with the rise of the PC (two years earlier) companies shouldn’t plan such systems but rather empower employees to do their own thing. In hindsight Tapscott concluded that the PC, while positive in getting computers into the hands of everyone, also represented a huge detour. The standalone PC did not communicate, and to Tapscott communications was at the heart of the augmentation of knowledge work.

PlanningforIntegratedOfficeSystems Authors: Don Tapscott, Del Henderson, Morley Greenberg

Publisher: Carswell Legal Pubns

Published: February 1985

Length: 237 pages