Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-323) and index
The high-performance business team -- The integrated organization -- The extended enterprise -- Network computing comes of age -- Open systems for an open world -- The industrial revolution in software -- Achieving a shared, new vision -- Reengineering the business -- Retooling information technology -- Realigning the IS function -- Leadership for the transition
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