Personal consequences of work under ‘new economy’: the case of metu-technopolis

Kodalak, Metin C
This thesis is an attempt to present the sociological dimensions of high-technological work from the perspective of highly-qualified white-collar professionals under the conditions of ‘new economy’. This study tries to shed some light on the rapidly growing professional high-tech work and its interrelation with personal consequences. The pace of change and the acceleration of global informational economy have created a new kind of workforce, introduced new cultures of work, and witnessed diverse social transformations for more than twenty years. At the core of this research, it aims at providing a broad sociological perspective on the changes which are brought by the entry of a large number of well-educated young people into the workforce. New forms of work organization, employment, and the new cultures of work and identity that emerged in this industry is taken into consideration. Technopoles as a newly emerging concept for Turkey, are clusters where this so-called technological change could be clearly observed. METU-Technopolis is chosen as the field of research due to the widespread use of flexible production employment methods and highly qualified labor force.


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Citation Formats
M. C. Kodalak, “Personal consequences of work under ‘new economy’: the case of metu-technopolis,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2007.