Telework and Social Change: How Technology is Reshaping the Boundaries Between Home and Work

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Business & Economics - 169 pages
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As technology comes to permeate every aspect of work, it liberates organizations and their employees from the physical boundaries of the workplace, and yet amplifies many of the interpersonal and cultural challenges inherent to corporate life. Drawing from an in-depth study of two dynamic organizations, along with extensive research on technology and organizational behavior, Nicole Ellison explores the subtle and powerful ways that distance working influences management effectiveness, worker productivity, and such intangible elements as social cohesion and trust.

Featuring interviews with executives, managers, and employees, Telework and Social Change illuminates the ways in which access to always-on information and communications technologies-which allow people to work from virtually anywhere-influence their work styles, interactions with colleagues and supervisors, and the ways in which they define the boundaries between work and home. Offering insights for future research and practice, Telework and Social Change provides a multi-dimensional perspective on the evolving relationships among technology, geography, and the structural and cultural aspects of work in the digital age.

 

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Contents

The Social and Organizational Dimensions
1
What We Know about Telework
17
iLAN Systems A Distributed Work
37
XYZ Remote Managements Commitment
55
Telework and the Organization Changing
73
Telework in the Home Calibrating
107
Moving Forward in Telework Research
127
Notes
145
Index
167
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About the author (2004)

NICOLE B. ELLISON is an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University. Previously, she was a faculty member at California State University, Stanislaus, and a senior researcher for Sapient Corporation in San Francisco. She has published research on virtual communities, telework and online culture in journals and as book chapters in Virtual Culture and Doing Internet Research.

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