Technology: Management by Computer

In the midst of a corporate board meeting, the chief executive officer flips a switch, and instantly a screen overhead lights up with the company's profit-and-loss statement, tallied up to the minute. Another flip of the switch, and the screen glows with a graph disclosing just what progress the company has made up to the moment on Contract X.

This Brave New World technology is now a possibility in a score of major U.S. corporations, which are deep in a new phase of computer technology known as management information systems. The goal of these systems: to give...

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