Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Work/Life Balance and Smartphones: Can a Smartphone make a difference?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines the relationship between work/life balance and Smartphones (Blackberry, iPhone, Android etc.)

Academic research has areas where not much research has been done previously including the qualitative research on work/life balance, positive crossover of work/life balance, newness of Smartphone technology, and consequences of constant connectivity. This study hopes to eliminate some of the gaps in these areas of research and proposes two research questions:  So what does owning a Smartphone mean for work life and home life?  Most importantly can this phone help people towards or assist with the balance they are so looking for or do the phones not impact this balance and just assist in the work life and home life realms separately?

A qualitative approach using constructionist and interpretivist views were used to conduct the research. Empirical material was collected during phone interviews with participants in the USA, while supporting material was gathered from conference papers, academic articles, websites, and textbooks.

There are two major themes within this paper, work/life balance and Smartphone technology. For work/life balance a common understanding was reached that work and personal life should be kept happy but that doesn’t mean equal.  Also discussed is research about people that put up boundaries in their lives to try and separate things, one group of people likes to have work and personal separate but one group likes them combined.  Research also presents that there are consequences for setting up boundaries but that having the ability to choose where these boundaries are makes for a much happier situation.  On the technology side of research there is support for these devices being used to manage people’s different selves through communication from being more connected to people to feeling left out when the technology is not there. Also mentioned is how people adapt the devices to fit new and unique situations that the devices may not have been intended to be used for.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , p. 38
Keywords [en]
Technology, Smartphone, Cell phone, Work balance, Life balance, Work life balance, Blackberry, iPhone, Android
National Category
Business Administration Computer and Information Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-6848OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-6848DiVA, id: diva2:330748
Uppsok
Technology
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2010-07-20 Created: 2010-07-19 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

Work/Life Balance and Smartphones(218 kB)4828 downloads
File information
File name ATTACHMENT01.pdfFile size 218 kBChecksum SHA-512
e1eb24323d8f0a5ba7960f72a9872510a4e1ffb6aca32fd87c82bf96d9493dbf8b53c26a964e75f6a6655486c35a9c66df829ab6870e04746ba43e12981a2847
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Bomber, Kristin
By organisation
Linnaeus School of Business and Economics
Business AdministrationComputer and Information Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 0 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 2498 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf