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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Nurmi, Niina
dc.contributor.author Hinds, Pamela
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-25T08:43:38Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-25T08:43:38Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07-23
dc.identifier.citation Nurmi , N & Hinds , P 2020 , ' Work design for global professionals : Connectivity demands, connectivity behaviors, and their effects on psychological and behavioral outcomes ' , Organization Studies , vol. 41 , no. 12 , 0170840620937885 , pp. 1697-1724 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840620937885 en
dc.identifier.issn 0170-8406
dc.identifier.issn 1741-3044
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dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/45235
dc.description doi: 10.1177/0170840620937885
dc.description.abstract We investigated connectivity demands as a work design characteristic and how its different enactments affect interpersonal relationships and outcomes in global work. Work design theory has seen a resurgence over the last decade as both work and the expectations of workers have evolved. Emerging technologies, in particular, have fueled higher levels of autonomy, greater interdependence, and more global collaboration. These trends, in turn, have sparked increasing recognition among scholars of the social characteristics of work design. Building on this burgeoning research, we identify a modern-day social characteristic of work, global connectivity demands, defined as the extent to which workers collaborate with distant colleagues, especially those that span significant time zone differences, thus requiring high levels of interaction across national boundaries. We examine how these demands are enacted by global professionals and what effects they have on outcomes, including relationships. We conducted initial interviews with 13 human resource directors, which confirmed that global professionals face strong pressure to connect and are being expected to communicate frequently with their distant colleagues, work after hours, and make site visits. Our study of 413 global professionals in an engineering firm then found that not all workers conformed to these connectivity demands, and that their choices shaped their interpersonal relationships with distant colleagues. We advance research on connectivity by interweaving it with work design theory to create a more multifaceted view of the role and effects of global connectivity demands. Our findings demonstrate that different enactments of connectivity may have different effects on interpersonal relationships and work outcomes. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher SAGE Publications Ltd
dc.relation.ispartofseries Organization Studies en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.title Work design for global professionals en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Management Studies
dc.contributor.department Stanford University
dc.subject.keyword connectivity
dc.subject.keyword global connectivity demands
dc.subject.keyword global work
dc.subject.keyword interpersonal relationships
dc.subject.keyword work design
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-202006254192
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0170840620937885
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