Further Reading

Here is a selective list of books for readers interested in the major themes of Does IT Matter?, with ordering links to Amazon.com.

Business Strategy and Competition

Clayton M. Christensen, The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail. A brilliant, fatalistic explanation of how technology suppliers' best intentions can kill them.

Joan Magretta (with Nan Stone), What Management Is: How It Works and Why It's Everyone's Business. A no-nonsense primer on the big ideas in business.

Henry Mintzberg,et al., Strategy Safari. An idiosyncratic look at the various approaches to strategy-making.

Michael E. Porter, Competitive Strategy and Competitive Advantage. Seminal studies of the interplay of competition, industry structure, and business strategy. Competitive Advantage includes an important chapter on technological change.

Carl Shapiro and Hal R. Varian, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy. Why the New Economy wasn't so new after all.

Richard Whittington, What Is Strategy – and Does It Matter? A brief, trenchant survey of the latest frontiers in strategic thinking.

History and Evolution of Infrastructural Technologies

Alfred Chandler Jr., The Visible Hand and Scale and Scope. Essential histories of the emergence of modern business and the rise of the modern company.

Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Capital and The Age of Empire. Sweeping histories of the Second Industrial Revolution and its aftermath.

David E. Nye. Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology. A study of the broad effects of what is, arguably, the most powerful of all infrastructural technologies.

Carlota Perez, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital. An incisive examination of how new technologies influence business.

Tom Standage, The Victorian Internet. A lively account of an earlier communications revolution.

Information Technology in Business

John Baschab and Jon Piot, The Executive's Guide to Information Technology. A comprehensive introduction to IT management.

David Caminer, et al., LEO: The Incredible Story of the World's First Business Computer. How an English catering firm made business history, as told by the principals.

Martin Campbell-Kelly, From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog: A History of the Software Industry. How the software business came to take its current shape.

Paul E. Ceruzzi, A History of Modern Computing. From mainframes to PCs, a definitive history of the computer.

Thomas H. Davenport, Mission Critical: Realizing the Promise of Enterprise Systems. The benefits and risks of ERP systems.

John Hagel, Out of the Box: Strategies for Achieving Profits Today and Growth Tomorrow through Web Services. A practical guide to a new development in business IT.