Kelley, Colin
January 2005
Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law;2005, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p217
Academic Journal
The article presents information about the book "Gurus, Hired Guns and Warm Bodies: Itinerant Experts in a Knowledge Economy," by Stephen Barley and Gideon Kunda. The book explores technical contracting, a form of employment that gained increasing recognition in the 1990s. The book represents one of the first efforts to study highly skilled contractors, also known as "free agents," and the authors chose to focus on contractors working in the computer and other technology industries. The book does an excellent job of introducing the major players in the contracting system and giving details about the logistics of landing and negotiating a contract.


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