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Tempo Social

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ROSENFIELD, Cinara L.. Decent work and precariousness instability. Tempo soc. [online]. 2011, vol.23, n.1, pp. 247-268. ISSN 0103-2070.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-20702011000100012.

In the current phase of capitalism, leading companies are primarily organized through projects. Workers are valued according to their ability to adapt and manage their employability through their commitment to transitory projects. The present study explores the question of whether this adaptability signals a new relationship to work involving a positive flexibility, or simply a management regime used to justify heightened job vulnerability. Through an analysis of the experiences of employees working in the upper levels of IT firms, the text develops the hypothesis of 'self entrepreneurship', which emerges as a justification for social vulnerability, understood here as a process of institutionalizing instability.

Keywords : IT Work; Job vulnerability; Upper levels of IT firms; Regime of moral justification.

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