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ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS) - Special issue: selected papers from the conference on office information systems, Volume 4 Issue 3, July 1986

Supporting distributed office problem solving in organizations
Carson C. Woo, Frederick H. Lochovsky
Pages: 185-204
DOI: 10.1145/214427.214428
To improve the effectiveness of office workers in their decision making, office systems have been built to support (rather than replace) their judgment. However, these systems model office work in a centralized environment, and/or they can only...

The integration of computing and routine work
Les Gasser
Pages: 205-225
DOI: 10.1145/214427.214429
Most computing serves as a resource or tool to support other work: performing complex analyses for engineering projects, preparing documents, or sending electronic mail using office automation equipment, etc. To improve the character, quality,...

A visual interface for a database with version management
Jay W. Davison, Stanley B. Zdonik
Pages: 226-256
DOI: 10.1145/214427.214430
This paper describes a graphical interface to an experimental database system which incorporates a built-in version control mechanism that maintains a history of the database development and changes. The system is an extension of ISIS [6],...

Analyzing due process in the workplace
Elihu M. Gerson, Susan Leigh Star
Pages: 257-270
DOI: 10.1145/214427.214431
Every office is an open system, and the products of office work are the result of decentralized negotiations. Changing patterns of task organization and alliance inevitably give rise to inconsistent knowledge bases and procedures. This implies...

Offices are open systems
Carl Hewitt
Pages: 271-287
DOI: 10.1145/214427.214432
This paper is intended as a contribution to analysis of the implications of viewing offices as open systems. It takes a prescriptive stance on how to establish the information-processing foundations for taking action and making decisions in...