The Discipline of Business Information Systems seminar organiser is Sebastian Boell.
21st Oct 2015 - 10:00 am
Venue: Room 397 Merewether Building
Speaker: Nora Koslowski, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.
Title: “My company’s invisible” – Generating trust in the context of placelessness, precarity and invisibility in virtual work
Abstract: Virtual work happens anywhere and anytime, and new technologies appear to make redundant the need for a clearly defined physical workplace. The aim of this working paper (which will be presented at APROS EGOS in December 2015) is to examine how placelessness, precarity and invisibility are experienced in virtual work and to explore the coping strategies used to generate trust by the employee in this context. The analysis shows that trust in this informational-relational space is created by over-working to prove one’s worth, bargaining for trust, and working in symbiosis with a manager. The emerging relationship between virtual worker and organisation is analysed through the theoretical concept of levels of participation (Wenger, 1998), which contributes to an increased understanding that a virtual worker is not just an outsider – instead, virtual workers co-construct positionings in their organisations that are fluidly negotiated through technology-mediated interactions. The analysis also turns on its head the notion of a community of practice (Wenger, 1998) by showing how these communities can be formed through informational-relational space, despite physical absence.
Bio: Nora Koslowski is Deputy Head and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour (HROB) at Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Nora holds a BA (Hons.) in Applied Psychology and a PhD in Management from University College Cork, Ireland. Her research interests are in the areas of: Technology and work-life balance, boundaries between home and work, virtual work and connectivity, home-based entrepreneurship and mumpreneurship, and gendered careers. Find out more at: Dr Nora Koslowski - Anglia Ruskin University
Friday 16th October, 2015
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