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The Cosa Nostra of the Data Processing Industry

Nathan Ensmenger

in The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262050937
eISBN:
9780262289351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262050937.003.0006
Subject:
Information Science, Information Science

This chapter examines changing role of computers in corporate management in the U.S. during the 1960s. It explains that the rising power of electronic data processing (EDP) professionals did not go ... More


Engineers or Managers? The Systems Analysis of Electronic Data Processing in the Federal Bureaucracy

Atsushi Akera

in Systems, Experts, and Computers: The Systems Approach in Management and Engineering, World War II and After

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262082853
eISBN:
9780262275873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262082853.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter aims to address the question of who controlled the introduction of electronic data processing (EDP) systems into the federal bureaucracy. Here the technicians were clearly treading upon ... More


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