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Author Barley, Stephen R.

Title Gurus, hired guns, and warm bodies : itinerant experts in a knowlege economy / Stephen R. Barley and Gideon Kunda
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2004]


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Description vii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Ch. 1. Unlikely rebels -- Ch. 2. Clients -- Ch. 3. Contractors -- Ch. 4. Agencies -- Ch. 5. The information game : finding deals -- Ch. 6. Making the deal -- Ch. 7. Contractors as commodities -- Ch. 8. Contractors as experts -- Ch. 9. Navigating between respect and resentment -- Ch. 10. Temporal capital -- Ch. 11. Building and maintaining human capital -- Ch. 12. Building and maintaining social capital -- Ch. 13. Itinerant professionals in a knowledge economy
Summary "Gurus, Hired Guns and Warm Bodies tells the story of how the market for temporary professionals operates from the perspective of the contractors who do the work, the managers who employ them, the permanent employees who work beside them, and the staffing agencies who broker deals. Based on a year of field work in three staffing agencies, life histories with over seventy contractors and studies of workers in some of America's best known firms, the book dismantles the myths of temporary employment and offers instead, a grounded description of how contracting works."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [321]-332) and index
Subject Information services industry -- United States -- Employees -- Case studies.
Information technology -- United States -- Employees -- Case studies.
Electronic data processing consultants -- United States -- Case studies.
Independent contractors -- United States -- Case studies.
Self-employed -- United States -- Case studies.
Temporary employees -- United States -- Case studies.
Part-time employment -- United States -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Author Kunda, Gideon, 1952-
LC no. 2003068993
ISBN 0691119430 cloth alkaline paper