Time thieves and space invaders: Technology, work and the organization
Purpose - This paper aims to investigate the shifting boundaries between two experiential categories - home and work - for office workers. The boundaries are both spatial and temporal, and the paper seeks to analyse how certain kinds of mobile technology are being used in such a way as to make these boundaries increasingly permeable. Design/methodology/approach - The research involved both the collection of quantitative data using a survey tool, and the gathering of qualitative data through in-depth interviews. Findings - The paper finds that the mobile technology discussed enables work extension - the ability to work outside the office, outside "normal" office hours. This provides flexibility with respect to the timing and location of work, and makes it easier to accommodate both work and family. But at the same time, of course, it also increases expectations: managers and colleagues alike expect staff to be almost always available to do work, which makes it easier for work to encroach on family time, and also leads to a greater workload. The ability to perform work extension is, then, a dual-edged sword. Practical implications - The paper provides both managers and non-managers with insight into the effects of providing mobile technology to office workers, and suggests some mechanisms to mitigate negative effects. Originality/value - The paper explores the impact of mobile technologies on non-mobile office staff.
|Keywords||Business environment, Communication technologies, Homeworking, Laptops, Organizations, Time-based management|
|Journal||Journal of Organizational Change Management|
Towers, I. (Ian), Duxbury, L, Higgins, C. (Christopher), & Thomas, J. (John). (2006). Time thieves and space invaders: Technology, work and the organization. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 19(5), 593–618. doi:10.1108/09534810610686076