Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12015/2829
Title: "It’s About Business not Politics": Software Development Between Palestinians and Israelis
Authors: Boulus-Rødje, Nina
Bjørn, Pernille
Ghazawneh, Ahmad
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer, Cham
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: ECSCW 2015: Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
metadata.mci.reference.pages: 43-61
Series/Report no.: ECSCW
Abstract: This paper focuses on the collaboration in an Israeli-Palestinian tech start-up company. We investigate the strategies enacted by the IT developers for managing the political dynamics and making collaboration possible under the highly challenging political conditions. We found that one of the key strategies was explicitly separating the work domain of software development from the domain of politics. We argue that the IT developers manage to collaborate by displacing the political conflict through strategies of non-confrontation instead of engaging in translating conflicting agendas against each other. By insisting on keeping politics outside of the workspace, the IT developers adopt a strategy of keeping the collaboration together by keeping politics and work apart. However, we found that despite the attempts to manage the sub-group dynamics, politics constantly invade the workspace and challenge the collaboration. Significant resources are invested into managing the regimes of differentiated identity cards, permits, and checkpoints, all of which have consequences on the employees’ freedom or restriction of mobility. Thus, we argue that the IT development domain is inseparable from and deeply dependent upon the political domain.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-20499-4_3
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12015/2829
ISBN: 978-3-319-20498-7
metadata.mci.conference.sessiontitle: Full Papers
metadata.mci.conference.location: Oslo, Norway
metadata.mci.conference.date: 19-23 September 2015
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