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INTRODUCTION

Background AS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) becomes a more significant part of workplace operations, information systems personnel have become a key to the success of corporate enterprises (Bradley & Nolan, 1998; Langer, 1997; Lipman-Blumen, 1996). This book focuses on the vital role that information technology can play in the course of organizational development and learning, and on the growing need to integrate technology fully into the processes of workplace organizational learning. Technology personnel have long been criticized for their inability to function as part of the business, and they are often seen as a group outside the corporate norm (Schein, 1992). This is a problem of Cultural Assimilation, and it represents one of the two major fronts that organizations now face in their efforts to gain a grip on technology’s new growing power. The other major front concerns the Strategic Integration of new technologies into business-line management.