Drawing on the work of economic theorist Joseph Schumpeter, Estabrooks shows how Schumpeterian dynamics have played a key role in the breakup of AT&T and the Bell System, and in the deregulation of telecommunications, broadcasting, banking, finance, and other economically critical industries. What has emerged, he maintains, is an increasingly integrated, global information- and software-based services economy. Optical fibers, satellites, and wireless communications systems have already made possible the development of electronic superhighways, but in doing so they have also initiated a massive redistribution of economic power and wealth throughout the world, the implications of which are only now being understood. Historical, analytical, descriptive, Estabrooks' book will speak not only to academics and others who observe world transformations from relatively theoretical perspectives, but also to corporate and other executives whose organizations, and certainly their personal work lives, will be changed dramatically by the developments he describes in practical day-to-day situations.
MAURICE ESTABROOKS is an author and senior economist in the Department of Industry in Canada. With more than 20 years experience in information and communications management, he has studied the art and science of strategic thinking and management, and the interplay between technology, corporate strategy, and the market economy in particular. Trained in the physical, social, and managerial sciences, he is the author of a previous book, Programmed Capitalism: A Computer-Mediated Global Society which describes the role computers played in the stock market crash of 1987.
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