Definition of technostructure in English:



  • [treated as singular or plural] A group of technologists or technical experts having considerable control over the workings of industry or government.

    • ‘Broadly, he suggested that the ‘technostructure’ is motivated, not by profit as that goes to the shareholders, but by ‘technical virtuosity’ for its own sake, the approval of their peers, and the expansion of their departments.’
    • ‘The necessity for, and the pervasiveness of, these technostructures immediately raises issues of personal liberty and civic engagement in their securitization.’
    • ‘This disenfranchising from national-statist control challenges the traditional hierarchy of nations and enables rapid power shifts, the most notable being the power shift from states to international technostructures, transnational companies and booming criminal organizations.’
    • ‘In contrast, the technostructure and support staff are known collectively as staff positions.’
    • ‘Franklin states that ‘The great contribution of women to engineering, science and technology lies precisely in their potential to change the technostructures by understanding, critiquing, and changing the very parameters that have kept women away from these fields.’’
    • ‘He defines the technostructure as the leadership of the modern industrial enterprise.’
    • ‘Advances in financial market technostructures are driving the most visible transformations in large part because financial markets have no physical product for distribution, and numerous, competing mechanisms are available for providing information and executing transactions.’
    • ‘Bigger was better, and the managerial class ‘technostructure’ that ran these big corporations would be the real source of power, without having to worry about crude things like profits.’
    • ‘However, the emphasis is upon providing a service to support technostructure in a dynamic environment.’
    • ‘An integrated, transnational technostructure would not tolerate war or serious political trouble within itself, and would have a common interest in mutual protection.’
    • ‘Instead the next major strike undoubtedly will leverage another embedded asset in some other existing technostructures to raise havoc at home or abroad.’
    • ‘A new business concept itself, SNI is designed for an era of connectivity, global concerns and the extension of technostructures on Earth and into space.’
    • ‘The power of shareholders, and in particular financial institutions such as investment funds, has once again risen to dominate the power of technostructures.’
    • ‘Typically, it has little or no technostructure, few support staffers, a loose division of labor, minimal differentiation among its units, and a small managerial hierarchy.’
    • ‘Integral to this is state funding of education to equip the workforce with the skills needed by corporate technostructures.’
    • ‘The project has meanwhile advanced, however, and the research fellows have long since grown accustomed to speaking of technology in the sense of habitus, medium, infrastructure, and technostructures of society or human action.’


1960s: coined by J. K. Galbraith.