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: Control and Commitment in a High-Tech Corporation

Andrea Santucci rated it really liked it May 25, Knowing that most come from an upscale social status and hold 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 gieeon technology and spoke the same language.

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

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. However, in order for his work to be useable or abstractable it needs a certain scope. This is a great read of how people actually perceive their ‘corporate culture’. Return to Book Page.

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The sociology of Organizations: Classic, contemporary, and critical readings. Can these observations and findings of Tech be generalized to all employees, managers and organizations?

Uriel rated it liked it Apr 12, His book Engineering Culture: If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. To content Read more about how we use cookies on gu. Contact person at the School of Business, Economics and Law: Carl rated it it was amazing Oct 13, By continuing on this website, you approve of our use of cookies. Kunda gives only a momentary glimpse engiineering organizational life but does not take the past or history of Gideoon into consideration.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At the same time, I perceive flaws in his methodological approach: He has served as the director of the Institute for Social Research at Tel Aviv Universitychair of the Department of Labor Studies, and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University in California.

To ask other readers questions about Engineering Cultureplease sign up. 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 kunfa of the self to the organization.


Kudos to Kunda’s fine ethnography. 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. Is it surprising that people with the same love for a certain technology, with a similar background and shared experiences develop a group cohesion, a strong sense of commitment and loyalty?

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What constitutes a theoretical contribution? Open Preview See a Problem? Does culture not bind people together, commit them to a cause and bring them to greater results?

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It uses detailed descriptions of everyday interactions and rituals in which the culture is brought to life. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. David rated it liked it Mar 16, Knowing that the Tech employees constitute a rather homogenous group, shared past experiences might already be a key to unlocking the repeated story, the same language and the present feeling of group identity. Did existing engineers call on their peers to join the company?