Individuals who have personal computers or terminals at home which they use for job-related purposes outside of regular office hours are said to use an electronic briefcase. This study uses Profile Analysis to examine how selection of an electronic briefcase workstyle affects employee work-family conflict. Data was collected from 359 dual-career couples with children. Seventy-three percent of the men in the sample and forty-nine percent of the women used an electronic briefcase workstyle. The rest of the sample choose not to use this work arrangement. Men and women with computers at home work significantly more hours per week and a significantly greater number of hours of overtime than do men and women who do not use an electronic briefcase. Based upon the profile analysis, a gender-electronic briefcase interaction effect appears to exist.

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Conference Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Information Systems
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Duxbury, L, & Mills, S. (1989). Electronic briefcase and work-family conflict. An analysis by gender. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Information Systems (pp. 165–172).