Author: Paul T. Smith
Year: 1969, First Edition
Published by: American Management Association
Condition: The spine, pages, and hardcover are in great condition and the book appears to have been barely read. Tears to the dust jacket around the edges (see pictures).
(From the dust jacket) Computer achievement continues to stun with its rapid technological advancement. But, according to Paul Smith in this important new study, if you run your finger down a list of top U.S. corporations, you will find many of them with their computer operations in trouble. Take your own firm as an example. You invest mounting sums of money in more sophisticated hardware and software, larger staffs, and more complicated computer applications. But you do not see commensurate savings, and profits do not seem to keep pace with expenditures. Why?
Computers, Systems, and Profits blames faulty systems design, "a malady that lays waste companies whose managements approve the installation of costly computers but are 'too busy' to think about systems and their effect on corporate profits."
In this down-to-earth study of systems, you learn how the computer can best serve your company, how to maximize its effectiveness, and how to unshackle its profit potential. It examines in detail the use of orderly systems in the solution of managerial problems and the creation of successful systems ventures. It helps you evaluate your systems by:
- pinpointing vulnerable spots that can hinder management systems effort
- setting forth the fundamental needs of systems design
- detailing the kind of leadership you need for effective systems management.
In addition, an extensive case study sets down guidelines for the correcting of faulty systems that include an initial shock treatment, needed for its immediate benefits to morale and profits; a reorganization phase, to consolidate related tasks under the best possible managership; and finally a systems-revision phase, aimed at producing maximum efficiency and generating maximum profits.
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