A Theoretical or Practical Perspective Which Sees Technology as Having Independent Effects Upon People and Organisations Is Misguided.

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Hence it can be derived that the role of technology not only influenced organisations but also affected political and social change, as well as the overall macro-economic effect. From the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s the former Soviet government came up with several blue-prints to develop an automated management system for the entire Soviet economy, which would be based on a nation-wide computer network. This network would be based upon the IBM 360 and a production line for the computer would be setup. Although this project never materialised, the large technology initiatives had significant social, economic and political implications (Heide, 2004).

Starting from the 1st world war and throughout the second, organisations saw more and technology that could be put to practical use, like programmable calculators from the late 1930s and programmable computers in the late 1940s (Edwards, 1997). However it could be argued that the adoption of technology was subjective to the region the organisations were in. Many organisations were taking up advancements in technology; the technology was expensive and available to those organisations in the countries in which these inventions or advancements were made for e.g. England, France, Germany, former Soviet Union and the United States.

In smaller countries like the

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