Engineering Culture: Control and Commitment in a. High-Tech Corporation. Gideon Kunda. Departments of Sociology and Labor Studies, Tel Aviv University, . Corporate culture is a fashionable topic in organizational theory and has been so for Engineering Culture is Gideon Kunda’s account of everyday life in a. Gideon Kunda Engineering Culture grew out of an attempt to take seriously the conceptual and methodological requirements of a cultural perspective on.

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Goffman, who sees employees as active members, and Roberto Unger, to whom an individual has the capacity to accept, refuse and transcend the context, are much closer in my cukture of the power of the employees. School of Business, Economics and Law. Eriq rated it liked it Sep 28, Kunda observes fngineering the organization resembles a rather homogenous group with white male engineers in their late twenties to mid thirties, who take pride in their chosen technology.

His book Engineering Culture: Can these observations and findings of Tech be generalized to all employees, managers and organizations? Kalle rated it it was ok May 21, By continuing on this website, you approve of our use of cookies.

At the same time, I perceive flaws in his methodological approach: Emma rated it really liked it May 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Gideon Kunda builds his conclusions mainly on the observation of one single company and various textworks to aid his analysis. How were new engineers recruited? Open Preview See a Problem? If employees, as E. To content Read more about how we use cookies on gu.


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Even though the founder Sam Miller is often mentioned, little is known about his past, his expertise and his motivation to build Tech. To aid enginsering enrich his interpretation of the observed situations and ongoings in the organization, Kunda refers to managerial press and other organizational researchers such as Amitai Etzioni and Reinhard Bendix.

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Karin Jansson Last update: From his observations and interpretations, three questions arise. Itinerant Experts in a Knowledge Economy examines the social organization of temporary work among engineers in Silicon Valley.

Gideon Kunda makes a very compelling case with his nearly novelistic descriptions of the workplace and the different uclture in the organization.

Tomi Koljonen rated it really liked it Aug 24, I, myself, am highly biased in my reading and analysis, as, according to Kunda, I can be found guilty of manipulating and controlling through rhetoric and rituals and since I feel very much at home and part of the technological organization he describes.

He has served as the director of the Institute for Social Research at Tel Aviv Universitychair of the Engineeding of Labor Studies, and has been gideoj visiting professor at Stanford University in California.

Alessandro rated it really liked it Jan 31, Start Expand Start Minimize Start. Does culture not bind people together, commit them to a cause and bring them culturs greater results? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


His line of thoughts is well understandable, but I believe that Kunda gives only a one-sided view of the situation. Similarly, Kunda mentions that Tech went through many management changes and is a tough, competitive environment ; yet we know little about how the organization has changed over time and came to constitute many hundreds of people at the time of study.

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Engineering culture : culture and control in a high-tech organization

Want to Read saving…. Lastly, I would like to add the thought whether a corporate culture has to be something negative: Did existing engineers call on their peers to join the company? Is all organizational culture purely a tool for control of management over the employees? David rated it liked it Mar 16, Andrew Foley rated it really liked it Oct 17, No trivia or quizzes yet.

What roles do the employees play in this power game?