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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Uriel rated it liked it Apr 12, Noah Eli rated it liked it Mar 14, Kudos to Kunda’s fine ethnography. Is all organizational culture purely a tool for control of management over the employees?

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.

Gideon Kunda – School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Paperbackpages. To better understand the Tech culture I would have liked Kunda to include the past of the organization, its origin and its growth. 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.

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Lastly, I engienering like to add the thought whether a corporate culture has to be something negative: The reader can almost feel the power that management exercises through speeches, presentations and written material. The University of Gothenburg uses cookies to provide you with the best possible user experience.


What constitutes a theoretical contribution? Enbineering 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.

However, in order for his work to be useable or abstractable it needs a certain scope. How did the organization develop? Karin Jansson Last update: Get over the yawning cover and dito title.

Tomi Koljonen rated it really liked it Aug 24, Start Expand Start Minimize Start. Antonella rated it really liked it Sep 07, Further research in a similar field, such as the Ruby on Rails community — a growing group of engineers who pride themselves of being the only ones using an elegant and efficient programming language — could also shed light on the influence of the past experiences in the present organization.

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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 time of study. Gokmen rated it really liked it Nov 10, What roles do the employees play in this power game? Refresh and try again. Can a corporate culture emerge organically or must it always be created consciously and intentively?

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. At the same time, I perceive flaws in his methodological approach: 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 kund belonging, shared commitment to the advancement of this technology and spoke the same language.


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Want to Read saving…. Kalle rated it it was ok May 21, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Kunda has lectured widely on culture, culture management, and culture change in the United States, Europe, and Engineeting. This is a great read of how people actually perceive their ‘corporate culture’.

To aid and enrich his interpretation of the observed situations and ongoings in the organization, Kunda refers to managerial press and other organizational researchers such as Amitai Etzioni and Reinhard Bendix. Education Expand Education Minimize Education. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. His book Engineering Culture: From his observations and interpretations, three questions arise.

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Organisation Expand Organisation Minimize Organisation. The sociology of Organizations: Andrea Santucci rated it really liked it May 25, 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?

I was fascinated yet very intrigued by his study. Chris Conrey rated it liked it Dec 03,