Article

Confusion and Collectivism in the ICT Sector: Is FLOSS the answer?

Citation

Marks A, Chillas S, Galloway L & Maclean G (2021) Confusion and Collectivism in the ICT Sector: Is FLOSS the answer?. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 41 (1), pp. 167-188. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X17695441

Abstract
Information and communication technology (ICT) workers rarely join trade unions. This is usually explained by the individualized nature of work. This article examines broader forms of collectivism for these workers, drawing on survey and interview data. The 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 organization, yet the creativity, autonomy and initiative central to the identity of ICT workers may offer opportunities for collectivization particularly with regard to participation in FLOSS communities.

Keywords
Class; collectivism; ICT workers; open source software; unions

Journal
Economic and Industrial Democracy: Volume 41, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date01/02/2021
Publication date online13/03/2017
Date accepted by journal27/01/2017
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28481
ISSN0143-831X