The Effects of French Organisational Relationships on Telework Job Roles: An Exploratory Role Set Analysis

By Robert Alan Lewis, Lynn Nichol and Philippa Ward.

Published by Organizational Cultures: An International Journal

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Telework refers to work carried out using some form of information technology away from the traditional workplace. This paper explores telework using role set analysis and analyses a pilot scheme of a French public sector organisation. The investigation focuses on the effects of the interplay between teleworkers with their office-based colleagues and line managers, viewed through their relationships, interaction and experiences. Some findings from this study agree with arguments from the literature. Others bring new insight. Despite benefits for teleworkers, telework can generate burdens for their colleagues and alter work organisation for managers. Findings also reveal that changes in job roles can have deeper effects on cultural and organisational norms because they challenge assumptions of the traditional French workplace.

Keywords: Culture, Organisations, Telework

Organizational Cultures: An International Journal, Volume 15, Issue 3, October 2015, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: October 8, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 461.934KB)).

Dr. Robert Alan Lewis

Senior Lecturer/Researcher in HRM, Management, Les Roches Gruyère University of Applied Sciences Switzerland, Crans-Montana, Valais, Switzerland

Dr. Lynn Nichol

Head of Leadership, Management and HR Subject Group, Worcester Business School, University of Worcester, Worcester, Worcestershire, UK

Dr. Philippa Ward

Head of doctoral programmes, Business School, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK