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Confusion and collectivism in the ICT sector: Is FLOSS the answer?
  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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    13 March 2017

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    HD28 Management. Industrial Management

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    658 General management


Marks, A., Chillas, S., Galloway, L., & Maclean, G. (2020). Confusion and collectivism in the ICT sector: Is FLOSS the answer?. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 41(1), 167-188.



Class, collectivism, ICT workers, open source software, unions

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