To Connect or disconnect - That is the question: ICT self-discipline in the 21st century workplace

Balsam Al-Dabbagh, Allan Sylvester, Eusebio Scornavacca

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Abstract

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the workplace are increasingly connecting employees to people and sources of information. As a result, this ICT connectivity has had both a positive and a negative impact on employee productivity. Existing literature suggests that further investigation on 'self-control' in the context of employee connectivity is necessary. To address this we introduce the idea of ICT self-discipline - An individual's ability to control their behaviours towards use of ICTs. We investigated ICT self-discipline through interviews and focus groups. That research led to the development of an empirically grounded instrument for measuring employee ICT self-discipline. Preliminary statistical results are promising and are returning reliable scores. This paper reports on part of a larger project that investigates the influence ICT self-discipline has on the effect of ICT connectivity on employee productivity. Findings from this research contribute to IS research and inform practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2014 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Dec 8 2014Dec 10 2014

Conference

Conference25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2014
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period12/8/1412/10/14

Keywords

  • Connectivity
  • Ict
  • Productivity
  • Self-discipline
  • Work-practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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