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Book examines information technology's impact on society

Jan. 28, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Andrew Targowski, Western Michigan University professor of business information systems, has written a book that examines in depth the full range of impacts of information technology on civilization and the development of societies.

"Information Technology and Societal Development" looks at the social implications of information technology and how breakthroughs waiting to be discovered will have a profound impact on the way organizations will cope with the direction civilization is taking. Published in October by Information Science Reference, it is one of 21 books by Targowski on information technology, history and political science in English and Polish.

"He is one of the half dozen most important civilizationists now actively writing," says Dr. Matthew Melko, former president of the International Society for the Comprehensive Study of Civilizations, about Targowski. "He developed a wide-ranging knowledge of world history and civilizational processes, and to a greater degree than anyone I know, applies this knowledge to contemporary issues and to understanding and preparation for the future."

A native of Poland, Targowski headed the Polish Computer Development Program in the 1970s. He joined the WMU faculty in 1980, first serving in industrial and manufacturing engineering and later transferring to business information systems. During the 1990s, he was a director of TeleCITY of Kalamazoo Project, that made the community one of the first digital cities in the United States. He is president of the ISCSC and a former chair of the Advisory Council of the Information Resources Management Association.

For more, contact Andrew Targowski at andrew.targowski@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5406.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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