IT-Enabled Networks and the Construction of Occupational Identities for Highly Skilled IT Contractors
The impact of technology on the professional workforce of organizations has long occupied the IS academic community. Yet what has been paid less attention is the impact of technology on professional workers who operate outside the conventional employment setting. Taking into account this gap in the literature, the paper aspires to bring forward issues referring to the implication of internet technology in the construction of identity of highly-skilled Information Technology (IT) contractors. Drawing upon data from interviews with thirty highly-skilled IT contractors, the paper suggests that the possibilities of action and interaction among social agents provided by the internet appear to partly account for the construction of the IT contractors’ identity. Technology-supported or enabled communities become for the contractors the locus of social interaction, the hub of knowledge generation and the primary object of professional identification.
Katerina, Voutsina, "IT-Enabled Networks and the Construction of Occupational Identities for Highly Skilled IT Contractors" (2009). AMCIS 2009 Proceedings. 613.