The labor process of software development in Turkey

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015


Supervisor: BARIŞ ÇAKMUR


This study examines the labor process of software development which is situated in a central position within the information and communication technologies industry. Based on the fact that production of software applications has not received much academic interest, software production in Turkey is tried to be illuminated in the light of interviews made with workers in software sector. In this respect, a general framework is tried to be presented about how and in which relations through software is developed; and how those relations are experienced and perceived by software workers in Turkey. Technical organization of software development, relations of control at workplace, role of skills in production process and job insecurity experienced by workers in the sense of uncertain future are discussed. In this regard, the field research of the study was conducted through semi-structured in-depth interviews with 21 software developers who are working in different private companies in Ankara and İstanbul.