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Organisational commitment among software developers

Baldry, C. and Scholarios, D.M. and Hyman, J. (2005) Organisational commitment among software developers. In: Management, Labour Process and Software Development. Reality bytes. Routledge, pp. 168-195. ISBN 041532047X

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If software developers are to be taken as prototypes of the new knowledge worker, we need look no further for working hypotheses about their attachment to their work and their employing organization than those contained in the human resource management agenda. For the diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as the supposed base of the knowledge economy has been synchronous with the launch and promotion of human resource management (HRM) as the new orthodoxy in employment practice and many of the assumptions and values within each model are shared. Indeed, HRM is often portrayed as if it were in some way a reflection of the shift to non-adversarial work relationships in the new information-based service society (Baldry 2003).