[Air-L] MA class on orgs and tech - need reading recommendations

McLaughlin, Lisa M. Dr. mclauglm at muohio.edu
Sun Dec 9 11:32:58 PST 2007

A few suggestions:

Alan Liu, The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (U. Chicago Press, 2004)

Felix Stalder, Open Cultures and the Nature of Networks: Hard copies are available from the distributor (http://revolver-books.de/w3NoM.php?nodeId=675) and a pdf of the book, in English, can be downloaded at http://felix.openflows.org/pdf/Notebook_eng.pdf

Catherine McKercher and Vincent Mosco (eds.), Knowledge Workers in the Information Society (Lexington Books, 2007)

The Liu book focuses, to some extent, on web design-that is, web pages that are so "cool" that it's difficult to derive information from them.

I'd also suggest that students be required to subscribe to c/net news.com (http://www.news.com/) for rss feeds. I've found it to be invaluable in keeping up with IT industry developments. Use can be "personalized," and there's a helpful feature called "Newsburst" ( http://www.news.com/5236-8018-0.html?tag=ne.tab.hd). Subscription is free, but, of course, you have to endure the large number of ads.



On 12/9/07 1:13 PM, "Nicole Ellison" <nellison at msu.edu> wrote:

Hi all,
Hope you all are well! I am looking for some reading recommendations
for a class I'm teaching this spring. It is an MA-level course in a
technology-focused department with two tracks - one focused on web
design and the other on social science and policy.  The course is
called "Organizations and Technology" and the description is quite
broad. I am looking to revamp the class, most likely with a focus on
industry developments and the ways in which various orgs are
incorporating/capitalizing on "web 2.0" features.

Any suggestions re: readings? Some I am already evaluating: Nicholas
Carr's "Does IT Matter," "Information Rules" (Shapiro and Varian),
"Long Tail" (Anderson), and "Wikinomics" (Tapscott and Williams).
Article suggestions are welcome as well.

Thanks much in advance!


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Nicole Ellison, PhD
nellison at msu.edu

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