Engagement in work through information and communication technology from places other than a corporate office, often referred to as telework, is simultaneously transforming work and life. In order to support successful adoption of telework by organizations it is important to move away from research stacking up evidence for or against telework. Instead what is required is a more nuanced examination that seeks to contribute to better understanding of work practices and the support for successful approaches to telework. Based on an analysis of an extensive online debate following Yahoo's decision to ban telework, we identify important issues associated with telework in practice and contrast them with their presence in extant literature. This leads to the identification of areas for research that should be further advanced to support organizations in improving their telework practices. In particular such research can be built on a more thorough assessment of teamwork and collaboration needs, as well as the nature of work that is to be undertaken by teleworkers.
|Title of host publication||ECIS 2014 Proceedings - 22nd European Conference on Information Systems|
|Editors||Michel Avital, Jan Marco Leimeister, Ulrike Schulltze|
|Place of Publication||USA|
|Publisher||Association for Information Systems|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||22nd European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2014 - Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel|
Duration: 9 Jun 2014 → 11 Jun 2014
|Name||ECIS 2014 Proceedings - 22nd European Conference on Information Systems|
|Conference||22nd European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2014|
|Abbreviated title||ECIS 2014|
|Period||9/06/14 → 11/06/14|
|Other||Welcome to ECIS 2014, the 22nd European Conference on Information|
Systems. The conference theme –“Digital Work, Digital Life”– reflects the
pervasive entanglement between our physical reality and virtual
representations. The increase in digitization of artifacts is a!ecting all
areas of our lives and our society. The way we work, how we live and
socialize, how the digital economy works and how value is created are
evolving continuously, driving future waves of digitalization. The Internet
of things, the Internet of services, big data, cloud computing and
crowdsourcing, as well as digital business models are major drivers.
These are phenomena and themes that many of the papers in the ECIS
2014 program explore and contribute to.