Transitions across Work-Life Boundaries in a Connected World: The Case of Social Entrepreneurs

Petros Chamakiotis, Gillian Symon, Rebecca Whiting, Helen Roby

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Information and communication technologies (ICTs), including mobile technologies, have significant implications for the management of work-life balance (WLB) (e.g. Perrons, 2003) and thus for sustainable work practices within organizations and society at large. Boundary theory (Clark, 2000) argues that individuals maintain boundaries between role identities (e.g. parent, worker) within different social domains (e.g. family, work), and that they regularly have to transition between these domains. WLB may reflect the effectiveness of this transitioning. ICTs have significant implications for the management of these boundaries, particularly as they open up new areas for interaction through mobility and through the potential provision of a variety of easily available connections. In this paper, we report on the findings of 15 social entrepreneurs’ video and interview data. In particular, we explore and advance understanding of the individual experience of switching between roles and domains in relation to ICT use and connectivity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication30th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium
Subtitle of host publicationReimagining, Rethinking, Reshaping: Orgnaizational Scholarship in Unsettled Times, Sub-theme 44: Organizing in a Connected World: Connectivity, Mobility and Digital Disruption
Place of PublicationRotterdam
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Event30th EGOS Colloquium: Reimagining, Rethinking, Reshaping - Organizational Scholarship in Unsettled Times - Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 Jul 20145 Jul 2014
Conference number: 30


Conference30th EGOS Colloquium
Abbreviated titleEGOS
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