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

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. Andrew Foley rated it really liked it Oct 17, Heather rated it really liked it Jul 28, Elnahir rated it it was ok Sep 07, Rasmus rated it really liked it Nov 27, The reader can almost feel the power that management exercises through speeches, presentations and written material.

Are these high-qualified and intelligent engineers being manipulated by managers to behave according to set norms and to feel predefined experiences? David Anthony Sam rated it really liked it Jun 18, Kunda is one of the world’s leading authorities on organizational ethnography, and is presently interested in globalization processes in organizations and in new work forms in the knowledge economy. 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.


What constitutes a theoretical contribution? Jennifer Keeton rated it really liked it Mar 11, Did existing engineers call on their peers to join the company? Engineers engineering an engineering cultjre Itinerant Experts in a Knowledge Economy examines the social organization of temporary work among engineers in Silicon Valley.

Engineering Culture: Control and Commitment in a High-Tech Corporation by Gideon Kunda

Kunda is fulture internationally recognized expert in the area of organizational culture. It uses detailed descriptions of everyday interactions and rituals in which the culture is brought to life.

Sandra rated it it was ok Jan 28, Craig rated it liked it Mar 04, This is a great read of how people actually perceive their ‘corporate culture’.

Can these observations and findings of Tech kynda generalized to all employees, managers and organizations? By continuing on this website, you approve of our use of cookies. 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.

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Lastly, I would like to add the thought whether a corporate culture has to be something negative: Organisation Expand Organisation Minimize Organisation. Education Expand Education Minimize Education. Paperbackpages. Gnanaseelan Kannan rated it really liked it Nov 20, Gideon Kunda is an internationally recognized expert in the area of organizational culture.


Antonella rated it really liked it Sep 07, School of Business, Economics and Law. His line of thoughts is well understandable, but I believe that Kunda gives only a one-sided view of the situation.

Refresh and try again. Thanks for telling us about the problem. David rated it liked it Mar 16, To content Read more about how we use cookies on gu. Even though Kunda interviews and follows different organizational members and highlights that some do not conform to their role but rather try to create distance, I believe that a sense of agency in the role embracing employees is missing.

Josh rated it liked it Jan 11, I was fascinated yet very intrigued by his study. Kalle rated it it was ok May 21, Natalie rated it it was amazing Nov 12, Kikki Lauritzen rated it liked it Jul 30,