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Title: Mapping ICT use at home and telecommuting practices: A perspective from work/family border theory
Authors: Prof. LEUNG Wing Chi, Louis 
Zhang, Renwen 
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Telematics and Informatics, Feb. 2017, vol. 34(1), pp. 385-396.
Journal: Telematics and Informatics 
Abstract: This study draws on the work/family border theory to investigate the role of information communication technology (ICT) use at home in shaping the characteristics of work/family borders (i.e. flexibility and permeability) and consequently influencing individuals’ perceived work-family conflict, technostress, and level of telecommuting. Data were collected from a probability sample of 509 information workers in Hong Kong who were not self-employed. The results showed that the more that people used ICT to do their work at home, the greater they perceived their work/family borders flexible and permeable. Interestingly, low flexibility and high permeability, rather than the use of ICT at home, had much stronger influences on increasing, in particular, family-to-work conflict. As expected, work-to-family conflict was significantly and positively associated with technostress. Results also showed that the telecommuters tended to be older, had lower family incomes, used ICT frequently at home, and had a permeable boundary that allowed work to penetrate their home domain. The theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Type: Peer Reviewed Journal Article
ISSN: 0736-5853
DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2016.06.001
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