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Confusion and collectivism in the ICT sector: is FLOSS the answer?

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Abigail Marks, Shiona Chillas, Laura Galloway, Gavin Maclean

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Abstract

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workers rarely join trade unions. This is usually explained by the individualised nature of work. We examine broader forms of collectivism for these workers, drawing on survey and interview data. Our focus is on social class, attitudes towards unions and professional bodies and participation in the broader ICT community - specifically Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). The findings reveal absence of formal collective frames of reference or organisation, yet the creativity, autonomy and initiative, central to the identity of ICT workers, may offer opportunities for collectivisation particularly when we look at participation in FLOSS communities.
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages54
JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
VolumeOnline First
Early online date13 Mar 2017
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Mar 2017

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  • Collectivism, ICT Workers, Open Source Software, Class, Unions

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