This comprehensive volume introduces the nature and the impact of the new information and communication technologies on business and society. Emphasizing the global impact, it draws upon examples from the USA, Europe, and Japan as well as the newly industrialized countries of the Pacific Rim. Applying a systems thinking approach, author Stephen D. Tansey covers: the environment of computing the IT industry, government and the information economy - and the recent development of e-government initiatives the need to regulate computing the role of IT in the workplace: its effect on organizations and jobs the impact of IT on society at large. Written for students studying business or IT, this book is an invaluable resource offering topical insights into the ways in which information technology is shaping our work and our lives. Without assuming any prior knowledge of either business or IT, this key text provides a unique, essential guide.