˝Here is a book on computers and computer technology written by a sociologist, and it is one of the very few which sets out clearly, simply and, even more important, objectively what computers are all about. It is also amusing. (New Society)
After a general survey of the development of computer-controlled data processing, Michael Rose examines the complex effects of the computer upon the clerical worker - the new opportunities, the dangers of alienation, the threat of technological unemployment. He then focuses upon the fast-developing problems of managers. Many of the standard managerial functions can already be programmed. But should executives delegate qualitative decisions to a machine? And if so, how far can and should these changes go?
Computerization presents managers with new opportunities on a structural scale unmatched since the Industrial Revolution. Do they really understand the new situation? Can they, when it is transforming itself so rapidly? And are we enough aware of the effects of the computer upon an even Iarger social group - society itself - now faced with the need to clarify its whole attitude to technological change?˝