Great Transition: Using the Seven Disciplines of Enterprise Engineering to Align People, Technology, and Strategy

Martin, James

In The Great Transition, James Martin, the world-renowned writer, lecturer, and consultant on information technology's impact on commerce and society, lays out a master plan for how to embrace this change and use it to propel your organization toward a boundaryless configuration. He introduces a sweeping agenda for managing change, called "Enterprise Engineering." Enterprise Engineering is not a single methodology, but a sophisticated synthesis of the most important and successful of today's change methods. "Enterprise Engineering" first explains in detail all the critical disciplines (including continuous improvement, radical reinvention of business processes, enterprise redesign, and strategic visioning). It then illustrates how to custom-design the right combination of these change methods for your organization's specific needs. And that's only part of the solution. Martin has been called "the guru of the wired society," and "the computer industry's most widely read author, best attended lecturer, and foremost authority on the social and commercial impact of computers." In The Great Transition he also presents a grand view of the foundational role that information technology plays in tomorrow's boundaryless organization. He illustrates, through fascinating case studies of real-world companies, that leaders who understand the profound effects of computer technology on business are forming their core strategies around this technology. Finally, The Great Transition supplies the glue that will hold tomorrow's dynamic organization together - a healthy culture. He explains how to clear away employees' feelings of bewilderment about technology and change. He shows how to train people, build teams that are excited and involved, and create "intimate partnerships" between people and technology. Editorial Reviews Booknews Offers a set of seven disciplines for corporations coping with emerging information technology, management reinvention, and worldwide competition in home and global markets, synthesizing the most successful strategies from business reengineering, TQM, and kaizen. Explains disciplines including continuous improvement, enterprise redesign, and strategic visioning, presents an overview of the role of information technology in business, and offers case studies of successful companies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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