The American Sociologist

, Volume 48, Issue 3–4, pp 504–522 | Cite as

Being a Corporate Sociologist…an Insider’s View

Article

Abstract

This paper is aimed at giving light to the profession of corporate sociologist, based on a literary review of the field of scientific and occupational sociology. It is an empirical observation based on an inside look gained as a professional sociologist within an international Group in the telecommunications sector, O range. It defends the idea that it remains possible, despite the financial strains afflicting many companies engaged in a competitive global market, to explore new topics and thus bring a significant contribution to this discipline, especially since the industry has specific resources to offer, leading to a widened reflection regarding the status of researcher. This is by reusing notions specific to the norms of science while examining them in a corporate context. The article is written in the hopes of making a constructive contribution to the question of relating the worlds of industry, sociology and, more generally – science. As a matter of fact, although industrial science represents the largest share of the total science in France (over 60% of researchers work in the industry) – the complexity of the issues they face as well as their characteristics still needs to be documented and debated.

Keywords

Corporate sociologist Professional social scientist Orange Telecommunications Industrial science Research in industry 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Orange Labs, Department of Sociology and Economics of Networks and Services Châtillon CedexFrance

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