The Hacker Ethic: A Radical Approach to the Philosophy of Business

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You may be a hacker and not even know it. Being a hacker has nothing to do with cyberterrorism, and it doesn’t even necessarily relate to the open-source movement. Being a hacker has more to do with your underlying assumptions about stress, time management, work, and play. It’s about harmonizing the rhythms of your creative work with the rhythms of the rest of your life so that they amplify each other. It is a fundamentally new work ethic that is revolutionizing the way business is being done around the world.

Without hackers there would be no universal access to e-mail, no Internet, no World Wide Web, but the hacker ethic has spread far beyond the world of computers. It is a mind-set, a philosophy, based on the values of play, passion, sharing, and creativity, that has the potential to enhance every individual’s and company’s productivity and competitiveness. Now there is a greater need than ever for entrepreneurial versatility of the sort that has made hackers the most important innovators of our day. Pekka Himanen shows how we all can make use of this ongoing transformation in the way we approach our working lives.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (February 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037575878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375758782
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great Condition, Great Material.

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 on October 30, 2015
By Corey H.
This was actually required reading as a student when learning economics. This along with the book “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich will certainly change how you perceive business and certainly gives a competitive advantage in terms of the content. The book was also delivered ahead of schedule, in really good condition, and included the dust jacket that my missing copy never had. Very good deal this business.

Great for outsiders

2 helpful votes
 on February 4, 2002
By A. Valentine
I would highly recommend this book to people in the MCSE or management crowd who want to understand what motivates people to work on complex software projects without receiving any monetary reward.

This is an eye opener

2 helpful votes
 on October 15, 2001
By Glenn E. Graham
There are many who may disagree with this book, but the viewpoints and in-depth analysis by the authors is inspiring. They will make you reexamine life, the workplace, and even your free time. Looking at the world through hacker glasses is really interesting. Not something you’ll see on any Nova or Discovery show. You’ll need to read.

great book

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 on November 17, 2012
By Allan
This is a great book that actually distinguishes between real hackers and crackers.

The Hacker Work Ethic…Or A New Play Ethic?

24 helpful votes
 on February 20, 2001
By PAT KANE
I’ve never read a clearer, more erudite, more persuasive demolition of the old Protestant Work Ethic than Pekka Himanen’s essay in this book. And that clarity comes from being part of a new constituency – the hacker community – who are redefining what it is to be a passionate, active, creative, tool-wielding human being (ie, it’s much more than just being a “worker”).

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