Management & philosophy

Management (as engineer)

Detlor, B. (2009). Information management. International Journal of Information Management 30(2010), 103-108.
Information management: a lot of repetition about ‘efficient’ and ‘effective’, also ‘competitively’ and ‘strategically’. This is all meaningless management-speak used mostly by people who don’t understand what these terms mean. ‘… better accomplish their tasks and become better informed’ (p 103.) This is all a technocratic kind of determinism according to which people are worker ants and outcomes are pre-determined in the classical engineering sense (as in Rittel &Webber’s critique of wicked problems).
Information lifecycle: create > acquire > organise > store > distribute > use. Not all perspectives recognise the functions for identifying needs in the first place, and the management of information needs.
Design: sometimes information needs are matched to design and delivery of information systems.
Information as resource: [recognising competitive or strategic advantages arising from information management is one thing, getting others to understand and act accordingly is quite another.]
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Rittel & Webber on ‘wicked and tame’ problems

Consequences for equity: Differentiation of publics has heightened pluralism, making it difficult to satisfy all, or even most of them in policy formulation. The problem lies at the nexus of goal-formulation, problem-definition, and equity issues (p 156).

Revolts: 1960s RANDian systems theory approaches led to revolts by blacks, students, anti-war demonstrators, conservationists – movements all opposing ‘underlying systemic processes’ [is this Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man being challenged?] (p 157).

‘Makeability’: the idea that the future can be shaped by enough planning intellect (p 158).

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Weedman on information retrieval

Wardrobe metaphor: There’s an interesting metaphor about wardrobes as ‘document’ retrieval systems organised along personal preferences, leading some less favoured clothes being consigned to less accessible places.  The idea made me think of data that doesn’t make sense to those who have it becoming hard to access by those who might understand it, and data that those who have it but don’t want anyone else to know it being deliberately hidden or ‘buried’.

Information-bearing-entities: also referred to as ‘documents’.  It seems to me that Suzanne Briet was stretching it to call animals in a zoo documents; that would ignore the context of imprisonment, spectating, and cultural artifice which makes the whole experience an ‘artefact’ rather than fixing elements within it as documents.

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