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The Computer Boys Take OverComputers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise$
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Nathan L. Ensmenger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262050937

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262050937.001.0001

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The Cosa Nostra of the Data Processing Industry

The Cosa Nostra of the Data Processing Industry

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(p.137) 6 The Cosa Nostra of the Data Processing Industry
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The Computer Boys Take Over
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Nathan Ensmenger

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262050937.003.0006

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 unnoticed by mid-level managers and that these specialists posed something of a conundrum for managers. It also mentions that while the dream of the total management system never really came to fruition, the shift of power from operational managers to computer specialists did seem to occur in at least some organizations.

Keywords:   computers, corporate management, U.S., EDP professionals, mid-level managers, computer specialists, total management system, operational managers

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