Saturday, June 25, 2022

Elements of an IT subculture

IT people express their cultural differences in part by complaining about other groups. The following examples of IT complaints are taken from Jeffrey Stanton’s research paper, Conflict and Cooperation: Occupational Subculture of IT Employees.

– “Managers think they know how to get things done, and they think they can estimate how long it will take, but really they have no idea.”

– “I have always said that I would have a great job if it wasn’t for the users.”

– “There is a huge sort of — pardon the term — ‘Amish’ kind of sensitivity to technology here. They are afraid of it. They don’t trust it. They don’t embrace it for what it can deliver.”

– “When you are making a transition from a legacy system to a new system, you are going to get a lot of resistance from people who have built their careers on knowing everything about the old system. That’s their power in the organization.”

Would you recommend this article?

Share

Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.


Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Previous articleFrom the Editor-in-Chief
Next articleBest of 2004

Related Tech News

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.