Information Systems for Business and Beyond (2019)

Chapter 7: Does IT Matter?

Upon successful completion of this chapter, you will be able to: • Define the productivity paradox and explain the current thinking on this topic; • Evaluate Carr’s argument in “Does IT Matter?”; • Describe the components of competitive advantage; and • Describe information systems that can provide businesses with competitive advantage.

Introduction For over fifty years, computing technology has been a part of business. Organizations have spent trillions of dollars on information technologies. But has all this investment in IT made a difference? Have there been increases in productivity? Are companies that invest in IT more competitive? This chapter looks at the value IT can bring to an organization and attempts to answer

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