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All of this is provisional. Readings, topics and exam dates may all change.
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1

5-Feb

Introduction

2

7-Feb

Business in the Industrial Revolution

"The Expansion of American Business: Agriculture, Commerce, and Industry" (Chapter 3, Pages 65-100) in Blackford, Mansel G, and K Austin Kerr. Business Enterprise in American History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. (Olin Reserve)

"Paths: The Unevenness of Early Industrial Development" (Chapter 2, Pages 21-45) in Licht, Walter. Industrializing America: The Nineteenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1995. (Olin Reserve)

3

12-Feb

Telegraph and Mail: Early Information Infrastructure

John, Richard R. "Recasting the Information Infrastructure for the Industrial Age." In A Nation Transformed by Information: How Information Has Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present, edited by Alfred D. Chandler and James W. Cortada. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. (Olin Reserve)

"The Submarine Cable" (Chapter 11, pages 157-164) in Headrick, Daniel. The Tools of Empire: Technology and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1981. (Olin Reserve)

4

14-Feb

The Railroads

Chapter 2 ("Rails and Water') of Cronon, William. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York, NY: WW Norton, 1991. (Olin Reserve)

"The Railroads" -- excerpted from Chandler, Alfred D. The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1977. (Olin Reserve)

5

19-Feb

Inventing the Corporation

Chapter 5 ("The Emergence of Big Business" -- Pages 125-168) in Blackford, Mansel G, and K Austin Kerr. Business Enterprise in American History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. (Olin Reserve)

Part of chapter 6 ("The Rise of Big Business", pages 133-151) of Licht, Walter. Industrializing America: The Nineteenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1995. (Olin Reserve)

6

21-Feb

Geography, Information and Markets

Chapter 3 ("Pricing the Future") of Cronon, William. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York, NY: WW Norton, 1991. (Olin Reserve)

7

26-Feb

Business, Information and Weather

Guest Lecture: Professor Jim Fleming

Chapter 7 ("Weather Telegraphy") of Fleming, James Rodger. Meteorology in America, 1800-1870. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, (Olin Reserve).

Fleming, James Rodger. "Storms, Strikes, and Surveillance: The U.S. Army Signal Office, 1861-1891," Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences 30:2, 2000: 315-332. (Olin Reserve).

Craft, Erik D. "Private Weather Organizations and the Founding of the United States Weather Bureau," The Journal of Economic History 59 (December) 1999. (Olin Reserve)

8

28-Feb

Early Office Technology

Yates, JoAnne. "Business Use of Information and Technology During the Industrial Age." In A Nation Transformed by Information: How Information Has Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present, edited by Alfred D. Chandler and James W. Cortada. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. (Olin Reserve).

Haigh, Thomas. "Engineering the Progressive Office", unpublished draft. On-line.

9

5-Mar

Big Business & Mass Production

Smith, Merritt Roe & Gregory Clancy, Part of "9: Ford, Automobility and Mass Production, 1908-1941" in Major Problems in the History of American Technology, D.C. Heath&Co., 1997: 312-337. (Olin Reserve).

Blackford, Mansel G, and K Austin Kerr. Chapter 8 ("The Diversified, Decentralized Company" -- Pages 227-259) of Business Enterprise in American History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. (Olin Reserve)

10

7-Mar

Creating the Consumer

Cohen, Lizabeth  part of "3: Encountering Mass Culture" in Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939, Cambridge University Press, 1990: 99-129. (Olin Reserve)

Benson, Susan Porter. Chapter 3 "An Adamless Eden: Managing Department-Store Customers" in Counter Cultures: Saleswomen, Managers, and Customers in American Department Stores, 1890-1940.University of Illinois Press, 1986: 75-123. (Olin Reserve)

11

12-Mar

The Depression and the New Deal

Galbraith, John Kenneth "Chapter 4: The Twilight of Illusion" in The Great Crash 1929, 1954:66-87 (Olin reserve)

McGovern, James R.  "Chapter 8: Seeing Tomorrow" in And A Time for Hope: Americans in the Great Depression, Praeger, 2000. (Olin Reserve)

Galambos, Louis, and Joseph Pratt. "The First Crisis of the New Corporate Commonwealth", chapter 5 of The Rise of the Corporate Commonwealth: United States Business and Public Policy in the 20th Century. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1987. (100-126) (Olin Reserve)

12

14-Mar

American Business in the Cold War Era

Galambos, Louis, and Joseph Pratt. "The Modern Firm in Triumph", chapter 7 of The Rise of the Corporate Commonwealth: United States Business and Public Policy in the 20th Century. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1987. (100-126) (Olin Reserve)

Thomas P. Hughes, "Managing a Military Industrial Complex: Atlas" in Rescuing Prometheus, Pantheon, 1998:69-131. (Olin Reserve)

Text of Eisenhower's warning over the military industrial complex. (Online)

13

19-Mar

Enter the Computer

Reading: Haigh, Thomas. "The Chromium-Plated Tabulator: Institutionalizing an Electronic Revolution, 1954-1958." IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 23, no. 4 (2001): 75-104. (Online).

14

21-Mar

Midterm Examination

26-Mar

RECESS

28-Mar

RECESS

15

2-Apr

The Concept of Information

Nunberg, Geoffrey. 1997. Farewell to the Information Age. In The Future of the Book, edited by G. Nunberg. Berkeley: University of California Press. (On-line)

Winner, Langdon. "Mythinformation", from Winner, Langdon. The Whale and the Reactor, University of Chicago Press, 1986. (On-Line)

16

4-Apr

The Politics of Corporate Information

Haigh, Thomas. "Inventing Information Systems: The Systems Men and the Computer, 1950-1968." Business History Review 75, no. 1 (2001): 15-61. (Online)

Koch, Christopher. "The Integration Nightmare: Sounding the Alarm", CIO Magazine, November 15, 1996. (Online).

Friday is deadline for paper drafts to receive feedback (optional).

17

9-Apr

Information Technology & Work

Ullman, Ellen. Close to the Machine: Technophilia and its Discontents, City Lights, 1997: pages 17-32 & 95-121. (Olin Reserve)

Davenport, Thomas H. 1995. The Fad That Forgot People. Fast Company 1 (1):70. (On-line)

Glaser, Perry. "The Gulf Between", CIO Magazine, January 15, 2000. (On-line).

18

11-Apr

Information & Knowledge for Management

Johnson, H Thomas. "Managing by Remote Control: Recent Management Accounting Practice in Historical Perspective." In Inside the Business Enterprise: Historical Perspectives on the Use of Information, edited by Peter Temin, 41-71. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1991. (Olin Reserve)

Leavitt, Harold J., and Thomas L. Whisler. 1958. Management in the 1980s. Harvard Business Review 36 (6):41-48.

Berkman, Erick. "When Bad Things Happen to Good Ideas", Darwin Magazine, April 2001. (Online)

First paper due on Friday.

19

16-Apr

Information & Applications

In-Class Presentation on Database and Data Warehouse concepts: PowerPoint or Web

Levy, Steve. "A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge", in Tom Forester, Computers in the Human Context, MIT Press, 1991. Pages 318-326. (Olin reserve).

"Executive guide: Data Warehouse", Darwin Magazine. (Online).

Paul, Lauren Gibbons. "Anatomy of a Failure", CIO Magazine, November 15, 1997. (Online).

Villano, Matt. "Data Gets a Makeover", CIO Magazine, October 1, 1999. (Online).

20

18-Apr

The New Economy and the Productivity Paradox

Strassmann, Paul A. "Will Big Spending on Computers Guarantee Profitability," Datamation, February 1997. (Online)

Madrick, Jeff. "Computers: Waiting for the Revolution." New York Review of Books, March 26 1998, 29-33. (Olin reserve).

Kevin Kelly, "New Rules for the New Economy", Wired Magazine (1997). (Online)

Madrick, Jeff. "Enron, the Media and the New Economy", The Nation, April 1, 2002, page 17. (Online)

21

23-Apr

Information as a Product

Shapiro, Carl and Hal Varian, part of "Chapter 7: Pricing Information" (pages 173-203 ONLY) from  Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 1999. (Olin reserve)

Shapiro, Carl and Hal Varian, "Versioning: The Smart Way to Sell Information", Harvard Business Review, November-December 1998: 106-114.

22

25-Apr

E-Commerce and Business Models

Evans, Philip B, and Thomas S Wurster. "Strategy and the New Economics of Information." Harvard Business Review, no. 5 (1997).

Knowledge@Wharton, "What Makes a Winning Net Grocer", cnet.com, October 20, 2001. (online)

23

30-Apr

Information, Innovation and Place

Saxenian, Analee. Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994. Chapter 2 ("Silicon Valley: Competition and Community", 29-57) and 6 ("Inside Out: Blurring Firms' Boundaries", 133-159). (Olin Reserve)

24

02-May

Inside the Startup Economy I

Film: Startup.com. To be shown in class.

25

7-May

Inside the Startup Economy II

Lewis, Michael. "The Search Engine", New York Times, October 10, 1999. (Condensed from his book, The New New Thing).

26

9-May

 

The Future of Information
Discussion and conclusions.

EXAM 15-May Final examination, 9 am.
PAPER 20-May Final paper due, 5pm. (Short extensions may be available by prior arrangement for non-seniors). Makeup papers also due. You are encouraged to get papers in early if possible.


Thomas Haigh -- email tdhaigh@colby.edu.    Home: www.tomandmaria.com/tom. Updated 04/21/2002.