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

Abigail Marks, Shiona A. Chillas, Laura Galloway, Gavin McLean

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-188
Number of pages22
JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
Issue number1
Early online date13 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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