Social media and boundary management in global work (GloBound)

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Funder's project number: 180010

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 130 000,00

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Project timetable

Project start date: 01/01/2019

Project end date: 30/06/2021


The goals of the GloBound project are related to information sharing in global, technology-mediated work and employees' work-life boundary management. The first goal is (1) to study global workers’ information sharing boundaries through various communication media: how much and what type of information global workers’ share (and are expected to share) through various media. The focus is on information sharing at work but also in other domains especially through social media. The second goal is (2) to investigate global workers’ temporal and cultural boundaries in global work. The varying practices and policies in different countries regarding worktime, as well as expectations to one’s dedication to work and/or family life may play a role in how global workers perceive their availability, flexibility in work hours and use of communication media. Adjusting and negotiating these boundaries in global work has important implications for the coordination and efficiency of global work. The third goal of the project is (3) to examine what kind of strategies employees in global organizations have for managing the blurring boundaries between work and personal life in global work. The crossing of these boundaries may result in both improving and/or diminishing individuals’ ability to disconnect from one domain and be available and engaged in another domain. The project will collect data through employees' in-depth interviews, surveys and through observing employees' communication in various social media platforms. The results can be applied to the studied organizations but also to the larger context of global work in supporting global employees, their work-life balance, well-being and work effectiveness.

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