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93 Book Reviews Information Technology and Organisational Change by Ken Eason (1988). Taylor and Frances, U.K. This book aims to describe the processes and problems which are experienced by organisations when attempting to set up and use computer technology. It describes how computer technology has become more sophisticated and efficient in itself. The new computer systems development processes have expanded on this sophistication and expertise. This has resulted in acceleration in the rate of change of computer systems design and implementation procedures. Unfortunately the descriptions of user needs and the organisational responses to accommodate the new technologies have progressed very little. The book should be read by administrators, managers, users (or prospective users) of computer systems and information technologists. The book is not a technical manual. It is written in clear straight-forward English and is understandable to the layman. The human aspects of computer systems development are explained and are described. Anyone attempting to come to terms with existing or proposed computer systems should acquaint themselves with the information contained in this book. The many heartaches and anxieties of computer systems development can be laid to rest by following some of the guidelines presented. Considerable cost savings can be achieved by having the users of the computer system educated, in order to take the appropriate level of control in their system, at the earliest stages of planning and design, rather than being presented with a system which does not satisfy their needs, at a later stage.
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