Making Sense of Mobile Technology: The Integration of Work and Private Life

David Pauleen, John CAMPBELL, Brian Harmer, Ali Intezari

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    Mobile technologies have facilitated a radical shift in work and private life. In this article, we seek to better understand how individual mobile technology users have made sense of these changes and adapted to them. We have used narrative enquiry and sensemaking to collect and analyze the data. The findings show that mobile technology use blurs the boundaries between work and private life, making traditional time and place distinctions less relevant. Furthermore, work and private life can be integrated in ways that may be either competitive or complementary. We also observed an effect rarely discussed in the literature—the way personal and professional aspirations affect how work and private life are integrated. Implications include the need for researchers and organizations to understand the wider consequences that arise from the integration of work and private life roles.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalSage Open
    Volume5
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Pauleen, David ; CAMPBELL, John ; Harmer, Brian ; Intezari, Ali. / Making Sense of Mobile Technology: The Integration of Work and Private Life. In: Sage Open. 2015 ; Vol. 5, No. 2. pp. 1-10.
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    Pauleen, D, CAMPBELL, J, Harmer, B & Intezari, A 2015, 'Making Sense of Mobile Technology: The Integration of Work and Private Life', Sage Open, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244015583859

    Making Sense of Mobile Technology: The Integration of Work and Private Life. / Pauleen, David; CAMPBELL, John; Harmer, Brian; Intezari, Ali.

    In: Sage Open, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2015, p. 1-10.

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