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

Contact Expand Contact Minimize Contact. Can the knowledge gained from observing Tech be applied to other organizations? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 gideoon of study.

Eriq rated it liked culgure Sep 28, Is all organizational culture purely a tool for control of management over the employees?

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School of Business, Economics and Law. Books by Gideon Kunda. Tell a friend about this page Print version. Further research in a similar field, such as the Ruby on Rails cuture — a growing group of engineers who pride themselves of being the only ones using an elegant and efficient programming language — could also gifeon light on the influence of the past experiences in the present organization.

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To see what your friends engineerring of this book, please sign up. I was fascinated yet very intrigued by his study. Craig rated it liked it Mar 04, Organisation Expand Organisation Minimize Organisation. However, in order for his work to be useable or abstractable it needs a certain scope. Antonella rated it really liked it Sep 07, Start Expand Start Minimize Start. What roles do the employees play in this power game?


Can a corporate culture emerge organically or must it always be created consciously and intentively?

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How did the organization develop? By continuing on this website, you approve of our use of cookies. By visiting the engineering and corporate headquarters of Tech, talking to the organizational members, participating in various meetings and conducting document analysis of material created by the organization itself, Kunda examines the culture, the ideology, the rituals and the relation of the self to the organization. Edward Wang rated it really liked it Nov 07, Itinerant Experts in a Knowledge Economy examines the social organization of temporary work among engineers in Silicon Valley.

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Lastly, I would like to add the thought whether a corporate culture has to be something negative: His line of thoughts is well understandable, but I believe that Kunda gives only a one-sided view of the situation. The presentation of self in everyday life, University of Edinburgh, Kalle rated it it was ok May 21, Andrea Santucci rated it really liked it May 25, Noah Eli rated it liked it Mar 14, Jennifer Keeton rated it really liked it Mar 11, Want to Read saving….

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The reader can almost feel the power that management exercises through speeches, presentations and written material. Heather rated it really liked it Jul 28, At the same time, I perceive flaws in his methodological approach: Return to Book Page.


Knowing that most come from an upscale social status and engineerijg technical college degrees in electrical engineering and computer science — disciplines that at the time of study were not yet well represented in many universities — the question arises whether this group inherently already had a sense of belonging, shared commitment to the advancement of this technology and spoke the same language.

Gideon Kunda builds his conclusions mainly on the observation of one single company and various textworks to aid his analysis. Kudos to Iunda fine ethnography.

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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.

David rated it liked it Mar 16, Tomi Koljonen rated it really liked it Aug 24, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Kunda observes that 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. Past experiences in similar organizational settings tell me that employees play a strong part in creating this sense of goal-orientation, their responsibility and hard work and company loyalty.

Even though the founder Sam Miller is often mentioned, little is known about his past, his expertise and his motivation to build Tech. His book Engineering Culture: Gnanaseelan Kannan rated it really liked it Nov 20,