Location independent working: An ethnographic study

Amanda Lee, MariaLaura DiDomenico, Mark N.K. Saunders

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusSubmitted - 20 Jun 2017
EventBritish Academy of Management, 2017: Re-connecting management research with the disciplines: Shaping the research agenda for the social sciences. - University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20177 Sept 2017
Conference number: 31


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management, 2017
Abbreviated titleBAM17
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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