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“Aproximaciones al Sector Información: los Proceso Productivos de Software en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires” (2012)

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Guillermina Yansen
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Grounded in a empirical fact, this paper aims to contribute to the featuring of authority mechanisms that are deployed in software production processes. Methodologically, it rests in twenty-four in-depth interviews with IT workers, from the city of Buenos Aires. The heterogeneity of the production processes here analyzed, suggest that while control accomplishes a new and important role, in many cases the discipline remains, and it creates relations with the first mechanism, in varying combinations, depending on the observed process.
Contrary to what happens in other areas with higher levels of innovation, software developers do not necessarily possess academic credentials. Although this varies according to the type of productive process, our field work revealed that high levels of remuneration, creativity, hierarchy, or product complexity usually match employees who do not have university degrees. This article seeks to describe the relation between information technology specialists and the world of academic degrees and, on the other hand, to shed some light on the origins of the techniques that these specialists actually use. Some of them suggest a thwarted course through the university world; others suggest special courses, while most of them point out to learning by doing and self-teaching during free time. By means of our empirical material we pretend to define the patterns of these formal and informal ways of cultivating subjective abilities of information technology personnel, while at the same time situating this phenomenon in the wider field of the transformations that capitalist economies are undergoing.
Guillermina Yansen
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Este trabalho pretende fazer um aporte empiricamente fundamentado no que diz respeito à caracterização dos mecanismos de poder que são implantados nos processos de produção de software. Metodologicamente o texto baseia-se em 24 entrevistas em profundidade realizadas com trabalhadores de TI na cidade de Buenos Aires. A heterogeneidade dos processos produtivos analisados conduz ao raciocínio de que, enquanto o controle tiver um novo e importante papel em quase todas estas indústrias, a disciplina permanecerá, e estará ligada com o primeiro mecanismo, em combinações variadas, dependendo do processo observado.