Office automation as it is being introduced today aims “to automate office procedures”, as I.B.M. points out, not “merely to mechanize tasks”. It refers to the use of computer technology to process and transmit information, combining word and data processing. Automation also involves linking together today's many modern devices into “integrated office systems”. Because new technology is being developed to computerize the very flow of work in the office, its potential impact is qualitatively different from previous office equipment which “mechanized” or “automated” routine tasks.
Gregory, J. and Nussbaum, K. (1982), "RACE AGAINST TIME: AUTOMATION OF THE OFFICE: AN ANALYSIS OF THE TRENDS IN OFFICE AUTOMATION AND THE IMPACT ON THE OFFICE WORKFORCE", Office Technology and People, Vol. 1 No. 2/3, pp. 197-236. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb022612Download as .RIS
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