This paper draws on the research experiences of the first author who conducted a longitudinal ethnographic research study to explore the impact of formalised location independent working (LIW) practices in a highly managerialist, post-1992 ‘new’ UK university. Findings suggest the formalisation of LIW caused a fundamental shift in the nature of the relationship between academics, managers and trades unions. This has far reaching consequences for the case study university and, potentially, for other institutions, which may be supporting similar working practices by encouraging their employees to work in spaces other than those provided by the organisation. Adopting an ethnographic research design enabled the first author to become fully embedded in the social and cultural context of the case study university, which in turn allowed access to the mundane, often hidden everyday behaviour and practices of academics.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Submitted - 20 Jun 2017|
|Event||British Academy of Management Conference 2017: Re-connecting Management Research with the Disciplines: Shaping the Research with the Social Sciences - Warwick Business School, Coventry, United Kingdom|
Duration: 5 Sep 2017 → 7 Sep 2017
Conference number: 31
|Conference||British Academy of Management Conference 2017|
|Period||5/09/17 → 7/09/17|
Lee, A., DiDomenico, M., & Saunders, M. N. K. (2017). Location independent working: An ethnographic study. 1-6. Paper presented at British Academy of Management Conference 2017, Coventry, United Kingdom.