Accession Number:

ADA160855

Title:

Access to Inter-Organization Computer Networks.

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

263.0

Abstract:

Much has been written about the automation of factory and office functions. An important aspect of this automation is the ability to communicate and share resources between different physical machines, different administrative and production functions, and different geographic sites. When two or more distinct organizations interconnect their internal computer networks they form an Inter-Organizational Network ION. IONs support the exchange of computer aided designcomputed aided manufacturing data between manufacturers and subcontractors, software distribution from vendors to users, customer input to suppliers order-entry systems, and the shared use of expensive computational resources by research laboratories, as examples. This thesis analyzes the organization implications of using computer networks for inter-organization communication, and the technical implications of interconnecting networks across organization boundaries. This thesis demonstrates the value of the bimodal approach to system design and analysis in which the author asks both how industry and organization contexts shape a new technology, as well as how a new technology affects the organization and industry contexts in which it is applied. Keywords electronic mail information systems. Author.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE