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‘An end to the job as we know it’: how an IT professional has experienced the uncertainty of IT outsourcing.

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posted on 24.06.2016, 12:07 by Clive Trusson, Frankie Woods
This article foregrounds the voice of an IT professional who is directly employed by a large British company and who, along with colleagues, is experiencing career uncertainty resulting from a management initiative to replace the established workforce with an alternative labour supply provided by a global IT services company. As an account that reflects the uncertainty of the age, the narrative offers insights into current discussions concerning the contemporary nature and experience of work generally. More specifically it tells of a loss of confidence and status of technical professionals as they are methodically undermined by the confident assertion of a ‘shareholder value’ rhetoric. The suggestion is made that the application of commercial-professional rationality to the outsourcing of IT operations may underestimate the commercial risks associated with the loss of embodied technical knowledge gained across time as IT systems evolve to become complex constructions.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Work, Employment and Society

Citation

TRUSSON, C. and WOODS, F., 2016. ‘An end to the job as we know it’: how an IT professional has experienced the uncertainty of IT outsourcing. Work, Employment and Society, 31 (3), pp. 542-552.

Publisher

SAGE Publications / © The Authors

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

31/05/2016

Publication date

2016-08-04

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal, Work, Employment and Society. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017016656320

ISSN

1469-8722

Language

en