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Information Overload: A System for Better Managing Everyday Data

ISBN: 978-0-470-62574-3
200 pages
August 2010
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World-class guidance on using information to achieve better performance

Examining the characteristics of information and the latest findings in cognitive science, this book shows how the mind works, how it can be used to think optimally about your business, and how to improve business performance with better information management practices.

  • Provides the process and tools necessary to identify this information and how to remember it, and how to better use the people around you to obtain the best information
  • Reveals how to handle all of the hundreds of pieces of information received daily
  • Provides case studies as well as checklists that show managers how to implement the methodology presented in the book

Innovative and ahead of its time, this book helps you take control of all the information that enters your life, get better informed, and have more time for the important issues you face within your business.

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Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Part I The Principles.

CHAPTER 1: Information on Information.

History of Information.

Meaning of Information.

Characteristics of Information.

Attributes of Information.

A Definition of Information.

Value of Information.

Notes.

CHAPTER 2: A Lot of Information.

Concept of Information Overload.

Definitions of Information Overload.

Collecting Mania.

Collecting Strategies.

Barriers to Information Use.

Symptoms of Information Overload.

Causes of Information Overload.

Information Overload Today.

Notes.

CHAPTER 3: Brain Matters.

History of Our Brain.

Brain Facts.

Brain Metaphors.

Types of Memory.

Remembering and Recalling.

Left Brain versus Right Brain.

Dreaming.

Mirroring.

CHAPTER 4: We People.

Some Observations.

Information Behavior.

Information Behavior Theories.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Part II In Practice.

CHAPTER 5: Information Profile.

A Person's Background.

Information Aptitude.

Information Attitude.

Information Handling.

Conclusion.

Notes.

CHAPTER 6: Mind Your Brain.

Sensitive Information.

Mixed Feelings.

Food for Thought.

Brain Muscles.

CHAPTER 7: Brain at Work.

Pay Attention.

Remember to Remember.

Remember to Forget.

Stop!

Notes.

CHAPTER 8: The Information Brain.

Search and Find.

Save Everything.

Order, Please.

Filter.

Information Pruning.

Notes.

CHAPTER 9: Information at Work.

Learn Smarter.

Information Productivity.

Smart Information Workers.

Technology Smart.

Notes.

CHAPTER 10: Clever Communication.

Communicate Information.

Storytelling.

Picture Perfect.

Navigating the Information Sea.

Notes.

CHAPTER 11: People at Work.

Smart People.

Managing Information Workers.

Timing Is Everything.

Seasoned Citizens.

Notes.

References.

Index.

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GUUS PIJPERS (guuspijpers.com) is Managing Director of Acuerdis, a consulting company that offers business solutions to organizations that recognize the key role that information plays in organizational success. In addition, he is an Associate Professor of Information Behavior at TiasNimbas Business School in Tilburg, Netherlands, and an Academic Advisor at the Institute for Innovation and Information Productivity. He has over twenty-five years of extensive experience in information and information usage at every corporate managerial level, as chief information officer at Philips Electronics and a consultant and IT auditor at KPMG. He is currently working with a number of companies on programs aimed at implementing the new world of work for the people-ready business.
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August 23, 2010
INFORMATION OVERLOAD: A System for Better Managing Everyday Data

In today’s society, almost all information is available to almost everyone.  And although it can be overwhelming, in business environments, information is now the single most valuable asset.  With this, professionals are inundated too many e-mails, news feeds, and other data which is greatly irrelevant. In the next five years, the amount of information available is expected to increase tenfold, thanks mostly to the Internet. More than ever, professionals need to get organized and handle information in a smarter way. INFORMATION OVERLOAD: A System for Better Managing Everyday Data (John Wiley & Sons; $34.95; August 2010) reveals how the mind works, how it can be used to think optimally about business, and how to improve business performance through better information management practices.

INFORMATION OVERLOAD is an essential road map to seeking and finding the information that's important, as well as tips and tricks on sanely navigating our information-flooded society.  Written by renowned information management expert Guus Pijpers, this guide helps readers take control of all the information that enters their lives, get better informed, and have more time for the important issues they face within business. Professionals are seeking the information that best meets their needs, and at a certain point, each additional piece of information increases the value of all the pieces that have already been acquired. However, there is a place where there is so much information that it is no longer possible to effectively use it. This is the point of information overload.

Pijpers produces an insightful look at:

  • The peculiarities of information, people, and their memory
  • Why information deserves separate attention in daily work and life
  • How people collect information and the most salient barriers to information use
  • The symptoms and causes of information overload
  • Ways in which senses and feelings deal with information
  • Why professionals should move toward having healthy information behavior  

INFORMATION OVERLOAD is a forward-thinking guide so readers can learn how to handle information as well as discover their own information behavior. In addition, this book shows managers how they can improve their performance and achieve better end results with less effort.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Guus Pijpers (Riethoven, Netherlands) is Managing Director of Acuerdis, a consulting company that offers business solutions to organizations that recognize the key role that information plays in organizational success. In addition, he is an Associate Professor of Information Behavior at TiasNimbas Business School (Tilburg, Netherlands) and an Academic Advisor at the Institute for Innovation and Information Productivity (San Francisco). Pijpers has over 25 years of extensive experience in information and information usage at every corporate managerial level.   This includes Chief Information Officer at Philips Electronics as well as a being a consultant and IT auditor at KPMG.  He is currently working with a number of companies on programs aimed at implementing the new world of work for the people-ready business.

  INFORMATION OVERLOAD

A System for Better Managing Everyday Data

Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Publication date: August 2010

$34.95; Hardcover; 200 pages; ISBN: 978-0-470-62574-3

 

 

 

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