Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1163/002071591X00203
Title: Technical workers in a newly industrialising economy: The work experience of engineers in singapore
Authors: Yun, A.I. 
Issue Date: 1991
Source: Yun, A.I. (1991). Technical workers in a newly industrialising economy: The work experience of engineers in singapore. International Journal of Comparative Sociology 32 (3-4) : 321-333. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1163/002071591X00203
Abstract: This study looks at the work experience and work related problems of engineers in the specific context of Singapore's political economy. Data was drawn from in-depth interviews and a survey of 250 engineers working in the country's top 20 electronic multinationals. Despite the optimism of visionaries regarding the future of work in high-tech societies it is argued that " knowledge workers" like engineers armed with years of professional training do not necessarily lead idyllic lives. On the contrary, for a large proportion of this elite corps, normal worklife is constituted by overwork, keeping to unrealistic deadlines and generally experiencing moderate to extreme levels of stress over a large number of situations in the workplace. This subjective aspect of working life is probably the result of the declining position of engineers in the class structure. Globalization, dependent wage work and organizational hierarchies have been identified as primary reasons for this trend of development. © 1991 BRILL.
Source Title: International Journal of Comparative Sociology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/133473
ISSN: 00207152
DOI: 10.1163/002071591X00203
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