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

Marks, A. and Scholarios, D.M. (2007) Revisiting technical workers: professional and organizational identities in the software industry. New Technology, Work and Employment, 22 (2). pp. 98-117. ISSN 0268-1072

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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.