Cortada, James W.

The digital hand. How computers changed the work of American manufacturing, transportation, and retail industries / How computers changed the work of American manufacturing, transportation, and retail industries James W. Cortada. - Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2004. - xvi, 494 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 462-474) and index.

Arrival of digital technologies and their applications -- Digitizing the American economy -- Presence and role of manufacturing industries in the American economy -- Business patterns and digital applications in the transformation of manufacturing industries -- Patterns and practices in three traditional manufacturing industries : automotive, steel and aerospace -- Patterns and practices in three process industries : petroleum, chemical, and pharmaceuticals -- Business practices and digital applications in information technology industries : semiconductors, hard drives, and software -- Business practices and digital applications in the transformation of transportation industries : trains and trucks -- Presence of wholesale and retail industries in the American economy -- Business patterns and digital applications in the transformation of wholesale and retail industries -- Patterns and practices in three retail industries : grocery, apparel, e-tailing.

0195165888 (alk. paper)


Automation--Economic aspects--United States.
Manufacturing industries--Automation.--United States
Transportation--Automation.--United States
Retail trade--Automation.--United States

HC110.A9 / .C655 2004

338.0973

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