Information Technology as an Integrating Force in Manufacturing

An organizational chart demonstrating the MIT view of the firm.

The MIT view of the firm. (Graphic by Prof. Brian Subirana and Prof. Thomas Malone, 2002.)


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Spring 2003



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This course features video of a complete class session with guest speaker, Richard Rowe, Founder of RoweCom. The session focuses on steel manufacturing and cross-company processes - delivering and industry-wide IT solution. A comprehensive bibliography of readingsstudy questions and lecture notes are also available.

Course Description

In virtually every industry and every firm, information technology is driving change, creating opportunities and challenges. Leaders who don't understand at least the fundamentals of information systems will be at a strategic disadvantage. This course provides broad coverage of technology concepts and trends underlying current and future developments in information technology, and fundamental principles for the effective use of computer-based information systems. There will be a special emphasis on manufacturing. Information Systems topics that will be covered include networks and distributed computing, including the World Wide Web, hardware and operating systems, software development tools and processes, relational databases, security and cryptography, enterprise applications, B2B, the semantic web and electronic commerce. Sloan LFM students with an interest in Information Systems are encouraged to register for this course.

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Brian Subirana. 15.566 Information Technology as an Integrating Force in Manufacturing. Spring 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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