Revisiting technical workers: professional and organizational identities in the software industry

A. Marks, D.M. Scholarios

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Abstract

This paper eradicates some of the myths of software workers as prototypes of the knowledge worker. Based on qualitative and quantitative research conducted in five Information Technology (IT) organisations, it examines how the factors of education, skill level and work role determine the opportunities presented to these workers, and how they are associated with differing levels of organisational identity. At the same time, the data reveal a consistently high professional identity, regardless of work role and qualifications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-117
Number of pages19
JournalNew Technology, Work and Employment
Volume22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2007

Keywords

  • software worker
  • software industry
  • knowledge worker
  • information technology
  • work role
  • skill level

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