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Digitizing the American Economy

James W. Cortada

in The Digital Hand, Vol 1

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165883
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199789672 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165883.003.0002
 Digitizing the American Economy

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This chapter reviews how the American economy has evolved over the past half century and the role computers have played in that evolution. It describes the role of labor, the productivity paradox, and how businesses and individuals have learned about computers. It presents an overview of the key applications introduced into the economy across all industries, and discusses the extent of deployment of the technology and uses with implications for management.

Keywords: productivity paradox; applications; labor; standards; deployment; computers; information technology; 20th century

Chapter.  18297 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business History

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