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Professional and Personal Development and Trade Union Membership of Information Technology Workers in the Republic of Ireland and the United States. Volume 1.

Costigan, Lucy (2005) Professional and Personal Development and Trade Union Membership of Information Technology Workers in the Republic of Ireland and the United States. Volume 1. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The information technology sector is hailed as a lucrative industry where highly skilled workers may carve a rewarding and successful career. It is also an industry that has mainly developed in the United States and has subsequently spread to the rest of the world, bringing with it certain 'Americanised' values and work practices, such as nontrade union membership. This thesis explores the professional and personal development and trade union membership of IT workers in the Republic of Ireland and the United States. The main findings of both studies indicate that poor levels of training at work occur among Silicon Valley respondents, and that Silicon Valley workers tend to have an excessively long working week, and place most emphasis on material needs and least on family and leisure. The low levels of membership of trade unions and professional societies in both locations highlights a postmodern trend towards individualism, although this trend is more pronounced in Silicon Valley.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > I.T. Industry
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Industrial Relations
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Hours of Labour
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
Divisions: School of Business > Masters by Research
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2010 08:28
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2012 15:01
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/298

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