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Title: The impact of team characteristics on the supervisor’s attitude towards telework: A mixed-method study
Authors: Lembrechts, Lieve
Zanoni, Patrizia
Verbruggen, Marijke
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: International Journal of Human Resource Management,, p. 1-29
Status: In Press
Abstract: This study examines the impact of team characteristics on the supervisor’s attitude towards telework through a mixed-method approach. First, in the quantitative part, we test hypotheses drawing on disruption and dependency theory, using data of 205 supervisors from four Belgian organizations. The data confirm the hypothesized negative correlation between task interdependence and supervisors’ supportive attitude towards telework, as well as the moderating role of supervisor’s dependency on his or her team on this relation. We found no impact of team heterogeneity and lack of team effort and low performance. Second, we use qualitative data collected through 39 semi-structured face-to-face interviews with supervisors to gain a better understanding of supervisors’ reasoning behind their attitude towards telework. These data provide insight into how task interdependence, team heterogeneity and lack of team effort and low performance affect it. Our team-centred conceptualization of the antecedents of supervisors’ attitude towards telework enables to highlight the key role of structural aspects in shaping supervisors’ attitudes towards telework. This is particularly important for policy, as organizations are better placed to remediate aspects at the team level that contribute to supervisors’ negative attitude towards telework, rather than those at the inter-individual one.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/24052
DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1255984
ISSN: 0958-5192
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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