"The Information Universe is expanding in a similar way to the physical universe. Despite information being so pervasive it is one of the most important and yet least understood phenomena of our times. This foundational book by Guus Pijpers is an interesting, unconventional book that contributes to better understanding the information phenomena and, more importantly, provides insights on how better to manage it. Read it and be enlightened."
Professor Martin Curley, Director, Intel Labs Europe
"This is a book for all brainworkers and their managers. Guus Pijpers′s Information Overload is an excellent brain–manual. It gives information on the impact of data overload and how to better manage it. The book itself avoids causing information overload, because it is neatly divided into bite–sized chunks. You can start anywhere, stop reading when you learned something new, see how you can apply it yourself, do it, and return to the book."
Dr. Theo Compernolle, MD, PhD, independent international consultant, coach, trainer, keynote speaker, and adjunct professor–at–large at INSEAD
"Pijpers creates valuable and new insights on how to structure information and make more effective use of it. I highly recommend this book for executives and anyone engaged in the twenty–first century, as well as those who want to make better decisions and¿improve their lives in the information age."
Boet E.J. Kreiken, Managing Director, KLM Cityhopper,and former CIO, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
"Easy to read and with good humor, Guus makes the reader aware of the many processes in brain and body that are of great help to handle the everyday growing load of information and to avoid information stress!"
Hugo Peters, General Manager, Human Resources, ING
"By focusing on the limitations of the human brain to cope with vast quantities of data, Guus Pijpers offers a unique perspective on the ′information overload′ problem and discusses strategies to fight it. While his work reflects solid theoretical underpinnings, it also provides the reader with practical advice on how to become a ′smart information worker,′ develop appropriate information behaviors, and use IT tools to address the human bottleneck. This is really an important book for all managers and their knowledge workers, especially those who need to sift through large amounts of data in search of relevant information for their daily work."
Professor Ramon O′Callaghan, Dean, TiasNimbas Business School, Tilburg University
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.
CHAPTER 2: A Lot of Information.
Concept of Information Overload.
Definitions of Information Overload.
Barriers to Information Use.
Symptoms of Information Overload.
Causes of Information Overload.
Information Overload Today.
CHAPTER 3: Brain Matters.
History of Our Brain.
Types of Memory.
Remembering and Recalling.
Left Brain versus Right Brain.
CHAPTER 4: We People.
Information Behavior Theories.
Part II In Practice.
CHAPTER 5: Information Profile.
A Person′s Background.
CHAPTER 6: Mind Your Brain.
Food for Thought.
CHAPTER 7: Brain at Work.
Remember to Remember.
Remember to Forget.
CHAPTER 8: The Information Brain.
Search and Find.
CHAPTER 9: Information at Work.
Smart Information Workers.
CHAPTER 10: Clever Communication.
Navigating the Information Sea.
CHAPTER 11: People at Work.
Managing Information Workers.
Timing Is Everything.