The digital brain switch: managing rapid transitions between role identities in a digital world

Symon, Gillian, Chamakiotis, Petros, Whiting, Rebecca, Roby, Helen, Whittle, Jon, Chong, Ming Ki, Ang, Chee Siang and Rashid, Umar (2014) The digital brain switch: managing rapid transitions between role identities in a digital world. In: Institute of Work Psychology International Conference (IWP), 24-26 June, Sheffield, UK.

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Abstract

In this paper, we present initial findings from an EPSRC-sponsored multi-disciplinary research project investigating how digital technologies and social media affect role transitions across work-life domains. The research uses an innovative combination of visual diaries and narrative interviews to capture micro-transitions (‘switches’) and explore these with participants in the context of their overall lives. Findings from a pilot study with academics are reported here in terms of: emergent digital boundary management strategies; triggers for rapid switching and the effects of this; and the function of meta roles and multi-role cognitions. The research contributes to current thinking in work-life literature in terms of devising innovative methods, focusing on the micro- transitional and in considering the role of the digital and social media in boundary management.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Petros Chamakiotis
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2016 12:18
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2016 12:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59027

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